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Telangana assembly elections 2018: Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Rahul and Sonia Gandhi to campaign

Telangana assembly elections 2018: Campaigning for the December 7 polls would hit top gear during the next fortnight with top leaders, including PM Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, set to address public meetings.

telangana elections Updated: Nov 18, 2018 19:37 IST
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While Amit Shah would campaign in Telangana during a three-day visit from November 25, PM Narendra Modi is expected to visit Telangana for campaigning in the first week of December.(PTI/File Photo)

Campaigning for the December 7 Telangana assembly polls would hit top gear during the next fortnight with top leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, set to address public meetings in the state.

With the process of filing nominations coming to a close on Monday, all major parties, the ruling TRS, BJP and Congress, along with its “grand alliance” constituents — TDP and others — have drawn up plans for intense hustings.

The Congress has announced that Sonia Gandhi, on her first visit to Telangana after the state’s formation, will address a public meeting on November 23 at Medchal on the periphery of Hyderabad.

Party president Rahul Gandhi is expected to visit the state for campaigning on November 28, 29 and December 3, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) treasurer Gudur Narayana Reddy told PTI.

State BJP chief K Laxman said that while Shah would campaign in Telangana during a three-day visit from November 25, PM Modi is expected to visit the state for campaigning in the first week of December.

The BJP national president had kicked off the party’s poll campaign with a public meeting in September and subsequently addressed two more meetings.

TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao, the ruling party’s star campaigner, will address a series of campaign meetings this week. His son KT Rama Rao and nephew T Harish Rao, both ministers in the caretaker government, have been leading the campaign since the Assembly was dissolved on September six.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), a partner in the ‘grand alliance’ would get star power with N Balakrishna, the son of party founder NT Rama Rao and a top-ranking Telugu film hero, canvassing for the party.

For Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS), another partner in the “grand alliance”, it is president M Kodandaram who, during campaigning, would highlight the alliance’s agenda for the people.

The ‘grand alliance’, comprising the Congress, TDP, CPI and TJS, has alleged that the aspirations of the people following the formation of Telangana have not been met during the TRS rule.

The Telangana assembly was dissolved prematurely on September 6 following a recommendation made by the TRS government, necessitating polls ahead of schedule.

First Published: Nov 18, 2018 15:31 IST