Kadapa: Thousands of voters from Railwaykodur, Rajampeta and Rayacoti constituencies are in Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
All of them had gone to the Middle East to seek employment, and most of them are educated and nearly all of them have not taken their names off from the voter lists. Now a huge number of them are returning home to cast their votes. These voters may change the fate of the candidates.
Last month, a few TD and YSRC leaders had gone to Kuwait and Dubai. These leaders met the voters there and urged them to return to India and cast their votes in their favour.
TD leaders Batyala Chengalrayulu, who is the contender from Rajampeta and Mr Kasturi Viswanatha Naidu, party-in-charge for Kodur and Machineni Visweswar Naidu, an industrialist and TD sympathiser from Railway Kodur had gone to Kuwait.
They spent more than two weeks there and held many meetings with the residents of Kuwait, Qatar and Dubai. Now, the NRIs are reportedly coming back home to cast their votes. Both the TD and YSR Congress have their unions and offices in those countries. The representatives of the unions motivate the voters to come here and cast their votes.
The Non-Resident Indians may decide the fate of candidates from Railway Kodur, Rajameta and Rayachoti Assembly constituencies. The total voters from Railway Kodur are 1,82,665 and the NRIs number 15,600. In Rajampeta, they number 2,22,274 where the NRIs are 17,400. In Rayachoti, of the 2,31,637 voters, 13,650 are NRIs. Most of them are educated and realise that their decision plays a vital role. About 80 to 90 percent of these NRIs are coming home to cast their votes.
Diwakar Naidu Oleti is a resident of Venkatapalle, Rajampeta and lives in Kuwait. He runs an electrical and electronic devices store. Speaking to this correspondent on Thursday evening he said that he was coming to cast his vote in the election. He had booked his flight ticket on the scheduled election day.
A hotel owner from Kuwait, a resident of Railway Kodur, Mr Mulakala Subbarayudu reached his home on Thursday.
An employee with the Kuwait government, Mr Malepati Suresh from Sundupalle, Rajampeta constituency is also coming to cast his vote. Mr Sagir Chotu, an employee with a construction company, originally from Rayachoti, is coming to cast his vote.
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