The TDP has taken the forthcoming elections to GHMC seriously, as the party sees a chance to bag significant number of seats. The party is banking on the large chunk of votes of people with AP nativity settled here as also its alliance with the BJP which has considerable presence in some constituencies within the GHMC limits. The TDP leadership sees an opportunity for the TDP-BJP alliance in the twin cities as another major party Congress was suffering reverses in the form of large-scale defections to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti.
The party has decided in principle to come out with a separate manifesto outlining the steps it would take for accelerated development of the GHMC area. The manifesto would also showcase the development ushered in the city during its 10-year tenure in the united State. The seriousness with which the party is viewing the forthcoming elections can be gauged from the fact that party president N. Chandrababu Naidu had decided to review the party's strengths and weaknesses in the wards. The two-day review to be held on December 16 and 17 would help the party to prepare strategies.
Simultaneously, the three member committee of the Telangana unit comprising TTDP president L. Ramana, working president A. Revanth Reddy and party's floor leader in Assembly E. Dayakar Rao would hold meetings with their BJP counterparts on seat sharing related aspects. This would be followed by a public meeting at Nizam College on December 24 to be addressed by Mr. Naidu.
TDP national general secretary and Mr. Naidu's son Nara Lokesh held discussions with Telangana leaders on Friday where it was decided to form a committee to finalise the party's manifesto In addition, it was decided to hold flag festivals in all the 150 divisions of the corporation to mobilise and rejuvenate the party cadre. The meeting favoured deputing senior leaders from other districts to supervise the campaign.
Wards reserved for various categories named:-
The State government on Friday issued a notification fixing the number of wards reserved for members belonging to Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and Women for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections.
As per the orders issued by the Municipal Administration & Urban Development (MA&UD), of the 150 wards, one ward each has been reserved for the ST (General) and ST (Women), five wards each have been reserved for SC (General) and SC (Women) and 25 wards each for BC (General) and BC (Women). The General (Women) category has 44 wards and another 44 have been left unreserved.
The final list of ward-wise polling stations for the conduct of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) would be published on December 12.