Hyderabad: With the Lok Sabha polls just around the corner, the industrial hubs of Hyderabad and residential colonies abutting them are abuzz with electioneering. But, neither the local political parties, nor the contestants in the fray for the constituencies concerned have anything to do with the campaign.
The buzz is by the outsiders. Political leaders from the neighbouring States of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh are making door-to-door contact in localities with migrant population, canvassing support for their candidates.
Kukatpally MLA Madhavarm Krishna Rao told Telangana Today voters from Gajapati and Koraput districts, mostly Telugu-speaking, make a sizeable segment of the population of his Assembly constituency. Their numbers were increasing year after year in localities such as Moosapet and the adjoining area, with both skilled and unskilled workers flocking to the city.
Many of them registered themselves as local voters. Over 40,000 of them hail from Srikakulam district and its neighbouring pockets. But, the majority retained their names on the electoral lists at the native villages and towns. They will avail a weeklong vacation to return to their places to exercise their franchise.
Krishna Rao said a former MLA contesting from Parlakimidi Assembly constituency in Odisha requested him for sending voters back to his constituency from Hyderabad. Accordingly arrangements were made for their travel. The voters were provided with train tickets for the journey. According to South Central Railway sources, as many as 13 special trains would run from Hyderabad to different destinations in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha to meet the rush from April 7 to 10. Almost all the tourist and private bus operators were seeing surge in demand.
Some of the key contestants from other States were in the thick of campaign for the past one week.