Jeddah: As the polling dates are nearing, NRI groups in the Gulf have intensified their campaign seeking votes for their affiliated political parties.
Scores of NRI volunteers, mainly from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, travelling home to participate in the final phase of the election campaign.
For the last couple of years, most NRIs have been extending their support to the TRS and its working president KT Rama Rao enjoys unparallel popularity among NRIs. Nizamabad MP K Kavita too has a strong support base across the Gulf region. Her voluntary organisation Telangana Jagruthi has chapters in the six-nation bloc of GCC. Many NRIs, particularly from Saudi, UAE, are already in Telangana to campaign for the party.
“It’s not merely an expression of solidarity to the political party that seriously changing the very welfare concept of Telangana people but also principal duty to stand by them openly during elections,” said Riyadh-based Mohammed Eliyas of Saudi Telangana NRI Forum.
He, along with a group of NRI volunteers, travelled home to canvass for TRS candidate B Vinod Kumar in Karimnagar Parliamentary constituency that has a sizeable population of NRIs. Elias said NRIs might not matter, but their dependents back home could influence the results in many districts of Telangana.
Coming to Andhra Pradesh, several NRI volunteers of the YSRCP, Jana Sena and TDP are flying to the State where crucial election battle for the Assembly and Parliament is going on.
Some dozens of contingents of the YSRCP and the TDP from Kuwait, where both parties have a strong NRI support base, travelled to Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra region to seek votes for their parties.
A section of women hailing from AP thronging Telugu churches in the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar to offer prayers in support of YSRC chief Jaganmohan Reddy.
“The TDP has faded out and has no relevance in Kuwait or any other part of the Gulf,” said BH Elias, president of YSRCP Gulf chapter.
“Some of us are travelling to AP on a short leave to campaign for the TDP,” said Dubai-based TDP activist M Vishweshwar Rao.
“We have deployed 15 Prachara Rathams (canvassing vans) which are exclusively handled by our NRI volunteers for Jana Sena campaign,” said Kesari Trimurtulu in Dubai.