Poll campaign in Seemandhra to end on Monday

A high decibel election campaign, marked by vitriolic accusations, for the 175 assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats in Seemandhra would come to an end on Monday.

PTI| Updated: May 04, 2014, 20:57 PM IST

Hyderabad: A high decibel election campaign, marked by vitriolic accusations, for the 175 assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats in Seemandhra would come to an end on Monday.

Braving scorching heat in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema, top leaders, including TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu, actor- turned-politician Pavan Kalyan, YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, Union Minister Chiranjeevi, former Chief Minister and Jai Samaikyandhra Party (JSP) leader N Kiran Kumar Reddy have been addressing several campaign meetings everyday.

As many as 3.68 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise on May 7 during the second phase of polling (in Seemandhra) from 7 am to 6 pm.
BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Naidu and Pavan Kalyan, who launched the Jana Sena Party, addressed six campaign meetings in Seemandhra last week in support of the TDP-BJP combine.

Naidu`s brother-in-law and top Telugu actor Balakrishna, who is contesting from Hindupur Assembly segment in Anantapur district, has also campaigned for the TDP.

Jaganmohan Reddy, his mother Y S Vijayamma, who is the honorary president of YSRCP, and sister Sharmila have been canvassing for the success of the party.

Kiran Kumar Reddy has been campaigning for the JSP extensively, though the fledgling outfit suffered early setbacks after some prominent leaders left the party.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi have addressed poll campaign rallies to boost the prospects of the ruling party, which is projected to suffer reverses in residuary Andhra Pradesh on account of state`s bifurcation.

Chiranjeevi, Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president N Raghuveera Reddy have toured the regions in support of Congress candidates.

CPI(M) polit bureau member Sitaram Yechury, a native of
Coastal Andhra, took part in electioneering for the candidates of the Left.

As many as 272 companies of the Central Para-Military Forces and over a lakh personnel of the state police would be deployed for the second phase of the elections in AP.

According to state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Bhanwar Lal, 333 candidates are in the fray for the 25 parliamentary constituencies and 2,243 nominees for the 175 Assembly segments.

An air ambulance and four choppers would be deployed in the Maoist-hit areas.

About Rs 140 crore of unaccounted cash, 74.2 kg of gold, besides liquor and other material have been seized so far during the enforcement of poll code in undivided Andhra Pradesh so far.