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Election from graduates' constituency should not be fought on political lines: MLC

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The Progressive Democratic Front leader seeks re-election



VISAKHAPATNAM: MLC and Deputy Leader of Progressive Democratic Front in the Legislative Council M.V.S. Sarma at a press conference here on Thursday said he was seeking re-election from the Visakhapatnam-Vizianagaram-Srikakulam graduates' constituency as representative of 169 people's organisations and associations of employees, teachers, pensioners and others, but not as representative of a political party.

Election from a graduates' constituency should not be fought on political lines since the voters have leanings to the party they liked or some or neutral.

The trade unions supporting him were not politically affiliated and they were formed on the basis of fighting for the cause of employees and not on political issues, Mr. Sarma said.

Graduates constituency and the Legislative Council would not decide political agenda but discuss policies and issues of the Government.

‘Independent group'

The PDF in the Council was an independent group and it had scored a major success by convincing major political parties that the proceedings of the House should be conducted smoothly and in a meaningful manner, he said.

Confident

His supporters had personally contacted more than 70 per cent of voters in the constituency and he himself toured the three districts once.

The voters had recognised the fact that he had fought on issues and he was confident of repeating the 2007 result, Mr. Sarma said.

He also released a “work report” on the four years of his tenure to explain to the voters the work he had done.

He had participated in the agitations of all employees and workers, ensured that the Central University was not shifted from Visakhapatnam, the VIMS was not brought under PPP, made the Government give a commitment to DSC 2008 candidates to fill the 23,000 SGT posts from the list in future appointments, secured time-scale for the contract lecturers by going on an indefinite fast, and took up many other issues and was arrested eight times, Mr. Sarma said.

Mr. Sarma would file his nomination on February 19.

He would go in a procession from the LIC building along with employees, agents and his other supporters, to the office of the district Collector to file the nomination.

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