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Posted at: Dec 6, 2018, 1:27 AM; last updated: Dec 6, 2018, 1:27 AM (IST)5-STATE ELECTION

Rahul, Naidu smell win in Telangana

TRS chief’s daughter asks Muslims not to play into hands of Congress
Rahul, Naidu smell win in Telangana
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu at a rally in Kodad. PTI

Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, December 5

Hectic campaigning for the Telangana Assembly elections came to an end on Wednesday evening with  every party claiming it was on the verge of forming the next government. 

Members of the ‘Praja Kutami’ (grand alliance) claimed the “betrayal of dreams of Telangana” had placed the alliance ahead of its rivals. Wooing the farmers, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said they “should not be treated as a liability but an asset.” 

He promised a farm loan waiver and vowed to “fulfil the dreams of the people who struggled for an independent state of Telangana,” if the grand alliance was voted to power. Lashing out at the BJP, he asked : “If the Modi government can waive industrialists’ debt of Rs 3,50,000 crore, why can’t it pull the farmers out of a debt trap?” Speaking at Kodad in Nalgonda district, Rahul claimed: “In a few days, Telangana will see a storm that will change everything.” 

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu said the grand alliance had given hope to voters that things could change for the better. “It is the beginning of change in national politics,” he claimed.

On the last leg of campaigning, Nizamabad MP and KCR’s daughter K Kavitha said: “We campaigned for 90 days and visited each house, telling people what we have done and what we will do, if we win. The Congress has always used the Muslims as a vote bank. They should not succumb to pressure and must vote for a secular party.”

The state will see a multi-corned contest on all 119 seats. The ruling TRS and the BJP are contesting all seats. The Congress has put up candidates in 95 constituencies and its allies TDP in 13, TJS eight and CPI in three constituencies. In all, 1,831 candidates are in the fray.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has filed 1,306 cases of “paid news” on TV channels.


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