Hyderabad: A no-holds-barred fight is on in Chevella Lok Sabha constituency with the principal political parties in contest leaving no stone unturned to tilt the balances in their favour.
With barely five days to go for the polls, the high and mighty of the constituency are in the thick of campaign that has already touched the feverish pitch. The focus of the campaign is mainly on the issues and communities that matter much for deciding the fate of nominees in the fray.
With the TRS government, which reached out to the people during the past five years, fulfilling its promises, the party is hopeful of rich dividends. In a triangular fight, TRS nominee Dr G Ranjith Reddy, an entrepreneur-turned-politician, has locked horns with sitting MP Konda Vishweswar Reddy and BJP candidate B Janardhan Reddy. Besides other election issues, general voters are apparently looking for someone who is more accessible than others.
Ranjit Reddy has been assuring people of his round-the-clock availability for them. Compared to the rest, he had more affinity with the constituency. He had had his political activity and business spread in six of the seven segments. With rest of the problems of the constituency being taken care of by the State government, he assured electors that he would fight the Centre to get the State’s due share of funds.
He said the much-awaited industrial park at Chevella would be a reality soon. Besides this, the Palamuru-Ranga Reddy lift irrigation scheme, expected to be completed in one and half year to two years, would help quench the thirst of the people in the area. He got the opportunity to make his debut into the electoral politics after working for the party at the grassroots levels since 2004.
He is a local leader with a greater acquaintance with people and party workers. That is the reason he received well by the people of all age groups in the constituency. After completing his master’s degree in Veterinary Sciences from Acharya NG Ranga Agriculture University, he worked as a poultry consultant doctor in the area before establishing his own hatchers and emerged as the president of the Telangana Poultry Breeders Association.
The Chavella Lok Sabha constituency came into existence in 2008 after the delimitation exercise. It was represented by S Jaipal Reddy (Congress) and Konda Vishwesha Reddy (TRS) in the last two terms. With the sitting MP switching his loyalties to the Congress, the TRS leadership decided to field Ranjith Reddy as its nominee for Chevella.
Chevella comprises seven Assembly constituencies: Tandur, Parigi, Vikarabad, Chevella, Maheshwaram, Rajendra Nagar and Serilingampally. While two constituencies — Chevella and Vikarabad — are reserved for SCs, the remaining are in general category. Parts of the constituency witnessed a phase of rapid development with the IT corridor and the RGIA coming up in the constituency.
Its profile will witness a marked change once key projects such as the hardware park and other proposed infrastructure projects are completed in time. The constituency has backward pockets such Pargi calling for greater attention of the government. The minorities make a sizeable segment of the constituency.
AIMIM leaders, including its president Asaduddin Owaisi, have been campaigning for the TRS nominee in all the segments. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, TRS working president KT Rama Rao and a host of other senior of the party are in the thick of the campaign. A major promise made by the party is water, and it is going to be fulfilled fully once the Palamuru-Rangareddy project was completed.
Will be in service of people full time: Ranjith Reddy
TRS candidate from Chevella Lok Sabha constituency Dr G Ranjith Reddy, during a chat with ‘Telangana Today’, says he will be able to make difference felt in the segment if he is elected MP.
How good is your acquaintance with the constituency and its issues?
I have been working with the TRS cadres since 2004. I had my education, including post-graduation, here. After completing my education, I worked as a consulting poultry doctor. I have my business activity extended to six of the seven assembly segments of the constituency. With a greater social bonding and affinity with the people of the constituency, I will be able to make the difference felt.
What is your agenda for the constituency?
I will be in service of the people full time. I can make myself available to the people round the clock and address problems. I have no major responsibilities in the family to distract my attention from public service.
Being a debutant in electoral politics, what is your acceptability in party cadre?
Party leaders and functionaries have been quite happy with my nomination for the Chevella Parliamentary constituency. They have been working with a commitment for my victory. Since the TRS leadership has already fulfilled all its electoral promises, the people are also extending wholehearted support.
What more can you offer for the constituency and State if elected MP?
The State is yet to get its due from the Centre. If the party wins 16 seats in the State, it will have a bolstered standing in Lok Sabha. We will be a stronger force to fight for the commitments given to the State during the bifurcation. We can get more funds from the Centre for development of infrastructure in the constituency and State.