Hyderabad, Dec.5 (NSS): Even as the poll surveys conducted by many of the national agencies predicted victory of the ruling TRS in the State in the present elections, the former Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal, who conducted a survey, opined that the Praja Kutami might have an edge over the TRS and eight to ten Independents might make it to the Assembly.
The survey results, however, raised many doubts as the caretaker Minister K T Rama Rao has questioned its genuineness and contended that Rajagopal had altered the survey results due to pressure from the TDP boss and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. In support of his contention, Rama Rao has shared in the twitter a message Lagadpati has sent to him on November 20, in which the latter has clearly stated that the Survey showed that the TRS is likely to get 65 to 70 seats, while the Congress alliance would get 35 to 40 seats, BJP 2 to 3, MIM 6 to 7, and others 1 to 2 seats. Lagadapati also mentioned that he has informed the survey outcome to Chandrababu Naidu also. Lagadapati further said in his message to KTR:’As per our observation, TRS efforts are very good in the two weeks and especially your dealing with various issues has brought extra momentum to the party’. When KTR said ‘We shall surpass that and surprise you’, Lagadapati replied to KTR: ’17 days to go for campaigning and knowing your election management skills, nothing will surprise me. We have seen it in GHMC election.’
As against all this, Lagadapati now contended that the Congress-led Praja Kutami is likely to have an edge and the situation is in favour of the Kutami. Making the message of Rajagopal public, KTR stated that under pressure from Chandrababu Naidu, the former MP had changed the survey result, with an intention to mislead the voters.
Observers feel that Rajagopal was totally anti-Telangana, just as Chandrababu Naidu, and both of them did everything in their hands to stall the formation of separate Telangana State. In this context, one cannot forget the fact that as an MP, Rajagopal had used pepper spray to stall the passage of Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill in the Lok Sabha, and this showed that he could go to any extent against Telangana. Naturally, Rajagopal is opposed to the TRS, which had fought for Telangana, and this fact might have also made him to change the Survey results