‘Cong to bank on development plank in by-polls’

The ruling Congress in Andhra will face the crucial bypoll to seven assembly seats in the state on the plank of development, CM Kiran Reddy said.

Hyderabad: The ruling Congress in Andhra
Pradesh will face the crucial bypoll to seven assembly seats
in the state on the plank of development, Chief Minister N
Kiran Kumar Reddy said here on Sunday.

"No state in the country is, probably, implementing as
many welfare and development programmes as being done by the
Congress government in Andhra Pradesh and it will be our main
plank in the coming bypolls," Reddy told reporters here.

Bypolls would soon be held in six assembly segments in
Telangana region and one in coastal Andhra Pradesh.

Of the six seats in Telangana region, election was
necessitated in one because of the death of a sitting member,
while the other five seats fell vacant after the MLAs
representing them quit in support of the demand for statehood
to the region.
The lone seat going to polls in the coastal region fell
vacant as the sitting TDP MLA resigned to join Jagan Reddy

Besides, disqualification proceedings against 17 other
MLAs, who violated their party whip during the recent
no-confidence motion against government, are pending with the
Speaker. Bypoll in their constituencies would depend upon the
Speaker`s ruling. However, it was not known as to when the
Speaker would decide in the matter.

However, Reddy said these bypolls would not be a
referendum on the performance of his government as several
factors come into play in by-elections.
Responding to a query, Reddy said MLAs of the erstwhile
Praja Rajyam would be inducted into the Cabinet in
consultation with the party chief Chiranjeevi.

Reddy also informed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
may visit Hyderabad for the `partnership summit` scheduled to
be held on January 12.


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