AMARAVATI: TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu‘s hopes to revive the party’s fortunes in Andhra Pradesh were completely shattered when it was thoroughly defeated in the municipal elections, the results of which were declared on Sunday.
TDP’s debacle particularly in Vijayawada and Guntur municipal corporations is a big setback for its agitation unleashed in favour of the capital city Amaravati. Party had also lost Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC), tipped to be the executive capital city of the state. It might be a big challenge for the TDP to keep its folks together in the coming days as it had decisively lost in both Panchayat and municipal elections held almost two years after the general elections.
Notwithstanding the humiliating defeat in panchayat elections where Naidu lost base in his home town Kuppam, TDP supremo bet very high on municipal elections thinking that he still command hold over the urban voters. Naidu and his son Lokesh hit the streets in the towns and cities and stepped up the momentum.
Naidu had even chided the residents of Vijayawada and Guntur for allowing YSRC leaders campaign in the elections despite dumping the dream capital city Amaravati which could have brought them fortunes. He wanted the people in Vijayawada and Guntur to teach a fitting lesson to the YSRC for ignoring their capital city Amaravati. He also tried to raise the emotions in Visakhapatnam where he held YSRC responsible for the Centre’s decision to sell Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP-RINL).
TDP had also released a separate manifesto the municipal elections promising to waive off the property tax dues and also cut down the taxes by 50 percent. It had also promised to revive Anna Canteens closed by YSRC government.
Although, mayoral elections would be held indirectly, TDP announced mayor candidates for three big cities-Vizag, Vijayawada and Guntur with a view to polarize the voters. However, none of the tricks worked with the voters as the party lost all the corporation cities in the state. The party has lost 69 of the 71 municipalities.
TDP could win slightly higher seats in Tadipatri of Ananthapuram district and Mydukur of Kadapa district. However, YSRC is likely to bag the chairperson posts even in these two municipalities with the help of ex-officio votes. Both Naidu and Lokesh were away in Hyderabad when the results were declared on Sunday. “Ruling YSRC terrorized the people by threatening to stop the welfare schemes if not voted to its candidates. It is a victory achieved with the help of police force,” said TDP spokesperson Varla Ramaiah. He said that their candidates and cadres braved the pressures from the police and stood their ground. He said that they would come out with more energies in the coming days as they would continue to serve the people.