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TDP to fight for restoration of deleted `genuine' voters

By Our Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD, JAN. 20. The Telugu Desam would fight for restoration of the right to vote of all those genuine voters whose names had been deleted from electoral rolls during the summary revision, the party president, N. Chandrababu Naidu, said here on Tuesday.

Mr. Naidu observed that the names of nearly 50 per cent of residual voters and over 35 per cent of citizens who had applied for enrolment had been deleted. As a result of this exercise, nearly 40 to 50 lakh voters had been struck off from the rolls.

Addressing a training camp for party's Assembly-level observers, the TDP chief asked party leaders to scrutinise the final list of voters published on Tuesday and raise objections if names of voters were unjustly removed. He said there should be no objection if voters had left in search of jobs but it was a different thing if the names of those who temporarily migrated were struck off.

Mr. Naidu flayed the Congress and other opposition parties for unleashing a Goebbelsian propaganda that the TDP was responsible for enrolling lakhs of bogus voters. However, they beat a hasty retreat when the TDP countered their propaganda and came up with proof that that they had got their numbers all wrong.

Referring to the statement of the Chief Election Commissioner-designate, T. S. Krishnamurthy, that Lok Sabha and Assembly elections would be held at the earliest, the TDP chief said he expected the polls to be held sometime between March-end and April 10. However, he advised his partymen to remain fully geared for the polls whenever they were held.

The TDP chief issued a stern warning to observers not to promise the party ticket to anyone when they go back to their respective Assembly constituencies to conduct meetings of the coordinators tomorrow. They should stick to their agenda, which includes seeking feedback from partymen, and not create problems for the leadership.

He also made it amply clear the party would summarily suspend anyone who tried to create trouble over the issue of tickets. Similarly, ruthless action would be taken if any attempt was made to pass resolutions about the quota of seats to be allotted to the BJP.

Mr. Naidu pointed out that the TDP could ill-afford to brook internal differences ahead of the elections. The opposition parties would seek to exploit the situation to compensate for their lack of public support.

Asserting that no political party in the country could boast of strong organisation as the TDP with its 85 lakh members, he said the party must leverage this strength in the elections. Therefore, party leaders must ensure that there was no major shake-up of the organisation while reconstituting booth committees following reduction in the number of booths.

The TDP chief will interact live with his party leaders tomorrow through a private television channel. Two outdoor broadcasting vans are being stationed in the districts for getting feedback from the cadre.

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