Congress Steps Up Campaigning for Grad MLC Bypoll

Hyderabad: The Congress has roped in seven ministers and 31 MLAs to campaign for the May 27 byelection to the Khammam-Warangal-Nalgonda graduates constituency of the Legislative Council. The campaigning will end on May 25, and the counting of votes is scheduled for June 5.

The Congress is banking on Chief Minister Revanth Reddy's popularity among the youth, as he distributed 30,000 appointment letters, and issued Group-1 and Mega DSC notifications to fill thousands of vacancies within 100 days of coming to power.

The BRS and BJP, in their campaigns, are accusing the Congress of failing to issue a job calendar to fill two lakh vacancies as promised during Assembly polls. They are also targeting Congress candidate Chintakayala ‘Teenmar Mallanna’ Naveen by dubbing him as a 'blackmailer' using social media platforms and unfit to represent graduates as MLC.

Revanth Reddy reviewed the Congress campaign strategy with ministers and MLAs representing the three combined districts of Khammam, Warangal, and Nalgonda, on Tuesday. The constituency covers 34 Assembly seats of which 31 are held by the Congress.

The Chief Minister asked them to step up campaigning in the remaining three days and reach out to every graduate voter, explaining the initiatives taken by the Congress government.

Revanth Reddy asked Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, ministers Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy, Tummala Nageswara Rao representing erstwhile united Khammam district, ministers Konda Surekha and Seethakka representing erstwhile united Warangal district and minister N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, and Komatireddy Venkat Reddy representing erstwhile Nalgonda district to step up campaign efforts.

The MLAs were asked to hold sammelans and try to reach out to 4.6 lakh graduate voters enrolled for this election.

They were also asked to highlight the failures of the BRS government in undertaking recruitment drives in the last 10 years of its rule, the leakage of question papers, and the cancellation of exams which led to mental agony among job aspirants and their family members.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle )
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