Hyderabad: Minister for IT and Industries KT Rama Rao on Wednesday said the so-called pre-poll survey of former MP Lagadapati Rajagopal was grossly misleading and a mind-game of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
In an informal chat with the media, he said the survey was scripted by the duo — Lagadapati and Naidu — in coordination with the representatives of two media houses. “Lagadapati had played the same kind of mind game against the YSRCP in 2014 and now they are making a vain attempt to try it out on the TRS,” he said.
Pointing out that it was the same Lagadapati who had congratulated him after predicting the TRS victory in 65 to 70 seats based on a survey he conducted between October 20 and November 20, the Minister said he gave only two seats to Independents then. The outcome of his survey was shared with him on his mobile and the screenshot of it can be made available to anyone, he said.
Rama Rao recalled that he had disagreed with Lagadpati’s prediction and had made it clear that the TRS would surpass his survey figures. Taking into consideration the TRS fight in the GHMC polls, Lagadapati had also admitted the possibility of TRS performing much better in the Assembly elections.
He wondered as to how Lagadapati gave different figures predicting advantage to the Congress-led Prajakutami. “As he had confirmed to the media, that survey was also conducted between October 20 and November 20. He also predicted a victory of some 10 Independents as against two he had projected to me earlier,” he said.
Quoting common friends, the Minister said Lagadapati was under pressure to give an advantage to Prajakutami. He said the TRS had tasked many agencies with pre-poll surveys for its own consumption. Lagadapati also offered to join the exercise and wanted the list of constituencies to work on. He said he had, in fact, sought feedback on 20 to 22 constituencies.
Lagadapati had conducted his survey on 23 seats and predicted a TRS win in 19 of them. “He also wanted the TRS to fight the polls in alliance with the TDP in the State, which was turned down. Finally, he brokered an understanding between the Congress and the TDP,” he said.