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11 February 1998

Warangal set to witness a triangular contest 

KVVV Charya  
Warangal, Feb 10: The debt-ridden cotton farmer from Warangal prefers to be silent, though decided to whom he will vote in the forthcoming polls. Recently, the Naxal infested district, Warangal had sprang to national prominence, due to a spate of suicides ranging over 100 committed by cotton farmers.

Though, anti-TDP wave is evident throughout the district, one cannot say to which side it is moving. According to S Malla Reddy of Hasanparti (a big village in the district), `` Why should we vote to Babu (Naidu).'' Reddy feels that the state government is responsible for the cotton crop loss in the state as they have not responded to the early calls. However, he declined to reveal his preference, ``I don't say but I will vote.''

The Walrangal district has two parliamentary seats - Warangal and Hanamkonda. In Warangal constituency the contest will be triangular between Congress T Kalpana Devi, TDP - A Chandulal, a sitting MP and BJP old timer C Janga Reddy who defeated PV Narasimha Rao in 1984 elections fromHanmakonda. While in Hanmakonda the contest will be between Kamaludin Ahmad a Congress sitting MP and TDP candidate C Suresh Reddy. In both the places, Congress is better positioned.

As per the revenue records, the cotton crop was sowed in about 1,20,000 hectares out of which 85,000 hectares got damaged fully. In the remaining field, the yield got effected reducing to two to three quintals per acre. Another major problem the district is facing during the mid-term poll is - naxalite challenges. The extremists have already declared their reservations about elections. They are said to have issued orders to villagers ``not to vote in the elections.'' The naxalites have also established their presence by blasting the house of one Jalli Siddiah a TDP leader from the district.

According to police records, out of 1098 villages in Warangal about 558 villages are marked as super sensitive while the remaining can be considered as sensitive. However, a district police official said that, the police is fully gearedto provide total security to the candidate.

Due to TDP MLA Pranya Bhaskar's death, the by-poll for Hanmakonda assembly is also held simultaneously with parliament elections. Interestingly, the BJP candidates, M Dharma Rao has gained a slot in the segment which is predominantly urban base. He was lost to Bhaskar in the previous polls while TDP has given ticket to Bhaskar's wife Sabita, the Congress candidate PV Rangarao, the PV Narsimha Rao's son. This may be reason the constituency gained prominence.

Copyright © 1998 Indian Express Newspapers (Bombay) Ltd.



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