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style>Port development a major election issue in Machilipatnam Assembly constituency.

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Apr 1 2019 7:48PM
style>Port development a major election issue in Machilipatnam Assembly constituency.
Machilipatnam(AP), April 1:- (H.S) The people of the Machilipatnam Assembly constituency are still undecided about which candidate to vote for on April 11. The indecision is not because all candidates are equally good. The Telugudesam party and YSR Congress party have fielded the same candidates who contested the 2014 elections. Jana Sena has entered the poll fray for the first time. For the past two decades, politics in the constituency has been revolving around two main families -- Perni Krishna Murthy and Nadakuditi Narasimha Rao. Kollu Ravindra of Telugudesam party won from the constituency against Perni Venkatramaiah (Nani) of YSRCongress party with a majority of 15,806 votes in 2014. However, TDP and YSRC candidates are campaigning extensively to win the support of Kapus, whose strength is around 43,000 in the constituency, followed by Agnikula Kshatriyas (24,500), Yadavas (21,000) and Gowdas (15,500).voters. Lack of employment, irregular water supply and water scarcity in tail-end villages are the major problems haunting the constituency. Banking on the anti-incumbency against TDP candidate, Minister Ravindra said YSR congress candidate Venkatramaiah(Nani). He has been extensively campaigning in the constituency. He is highlighting the delay in commencement of Machilipatnam port works. My aim is to address the day-to-day issues of the people in the constituency. People elected me in 2004 and 2009. I won’t assure implementation of unfulfilled TDP promises. There is an urgent need to develop port without harming the interests of local farmers,” Perni Nani said. The YSR Congress candidate said he would give top priority to solve the drinking water problem in the constituency and ensure housing for all the eligible poor if he was elected. Jana Sena candidate Bandi Ramakrishna, a business professional, is banking on the charisma of party chief Pawan Kalyan. Explaining his vision for the development of constituency, Ramakrishna promised to get Machilipatnam port project completed in three years with emphasis on development of port-based industries to generate employment for the locals if he was elected. During my campaign, I have came across several problems of people especially irregular water supply and lack of employment. Over the decades, the power is confined between two main families in the constituency. Hence, people should give their mandate to the candidate, who is committed to development of the segment this time, he said. The TDP candidate Minister Kollu Ravindra said Rs. 2,000 crore was spent on various infrastructure projects in the last five years. The government hospital was upgraded at a cost of Rs. 48 crore. Manginapudi beach was developed at a cost of Rs.10 crore and construction of 6,400 (G+3) houses was taken up near Rudravaram village. By 2020, imports and exports through Machilipatnam port would begin. Steps would also be taken to solve the drinking water problem in the Assembly constituency, Ravindra said. The people want to give their mandate after a careful thought as the present Minister Ravindra and former two times MLA Perni Nani were also ‘failed’ to implement its election promises, especially development of Machilipatnam port. In this situation a section of people in the constituency are of the view that it will be better to give a chance to a good candidate this time or to continue the old candidates which ever is better to represent Machilipatnam in the Assembly. M.Someswara Rao, H,S.,
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