Hyderabad: A detailed analysis is under way in the Telugu Desam and YSRC camps of candidates who are most likely to win, which will come handy for the last-minute strategies that could well be adopted by both parties.
Simultaneously, there are quite a few hush-hush brainstorming sessions in which some super rich men have been heard discussing scenarios and possibilities if either political party falls short of 10 or 20 seats.
Top government sources told Deccan Chronicle that a few trusted aides of the powers-that-be were analysing the chances of candidates who contested on YSR Congress tickets. “Right from ground reports to their financial status, their family background, their support and dominance in their respective constituencies are being analysed,” sources said.
The analysis which sources said was at an advanced stage is likely to be completed in the next few days and the top brass of the TD will be briefed accordingly. “The analysis is part of the preparations for worst-case scenarios which may emerge on the day the results are announced,” they said.
It is unclear if feelers were being sent from either party to the candidates who are sure to win. “The possibility always exists till the results are out,” sources said.
It is believed that the bitterly fought elections has led to a polarisation in the state due to which various caste groups, it is learnt, are willing to help the party of their choice in any way possible to steer them to power.
Such meetings, or rather brainstorming sessions, have come to notice mostly in Guntur and Krishna districts in the last few days, where participants are discussing all sorts of possibilities on the day of results.
It is learnt that a similar exercise is going on in the YSRC camp, where leaders are trying to identify candidates who are sure to win. “Obviously, the exercise in the YSRC is not on the same scale which the TD loyalists are doing as the ruling party has an edge over the rival parties it has the Intelligence department working for them, which collates ground reports and gets huge feedback about the candidate. The YSR Congress has some trusted people within the government who are helping them in the analysis,” sources said.
The YSR Congress had won 67 seats in the 2014 Assembly elections and the party raised a hue and cry when 23 legislators switched sides and joined the TD.
“Since there are no permanent enemies or friends in politics, one can expect anything,” one official said indicating that both parties are preparing for worst-case scenarios....