Hyderabad, Mar 27 (UNI) With just two weeks left for the single-phase Lok Sabha election on April 11 for 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana, the no-holds-barred campaigning is reaching its feverish pitch in the state.
The heavyweights of the main contesting parties–the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti, the Congress and the BJP–have been conducting a series of public meetings, road shows, door-to-door campaigning and rallies to woo the voters.
TRS working president K Tarakarama Rao who is spearheading the TRS campaigning along with his father and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has launched a concerted attack, during the public meetings, on the opposition Congress and the BJP who had been at the helm at the Centre for so long had failed to better the lot of the common people.
While the leaders of the Congress and the BJP have been accusing the TRS of encouraging family rule.
In the coming days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and the bigwigs of the other main contesting parties are scheduled to address a series of public meetings in different parts of the state to canvass for their respective party candidates.
Like in the Assembly elections held in December last, the state will witness a three-corned contest among the TRS, the Congress and the BJP.
But unlike in the Assembly polls, the TDP will be staying away from the Lok Sabha elections for the first time since its formation in 1982.The TDP had contested the Assembly elections in alliance with the Congress.
The TDP has now decided to back the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections.
Two veteran politicians-former union ministers S Jaipal Reddy (Congress) and sitting MP Bandaru Dattatreya (BJP) are not in the race for the coming elections.
The BJP had dropped Mr Dattatreya who had won from the Secunderabad constituency four times, thrice in alliance with the TDP.
The alliance between the BJP and the TDP which was forged back in 1998 broke last year.
The BJP will go it alone in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections like it did in the Assembly elections.
Buoyed by the performance in the Assembly elections, the TRS leaders have been exuding confidence that the party would win 16 of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in the state to emerge as a king maker.