AP Cabinet May Discuss Snap Poll On Nov 8

Hyderabad, Nov 6: | Updated: Nov 7 2003, 05:30am hrs
The possibility of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) calling for an early dissolution of the state assembly has surfaced yet again. This time an early cabinet meeting scheduled for November 8 has triggered the expectation apart from the various actions of the government.

According to informed sources, the cabinet is expected to discuss at length the possibility of going for a snap poll to take advantage of the sympathy wave post-assasination bid of the TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu. There is a distinct possibility of the state cabinet firming up its decision on snap poll at the meeting which was advanced by a week, apparently to secure approval for a string of administrative sanctions accorded during the last one week covering social welfare, panchayat raj and irrigation sectors.

There was a flurry of activity in the secretariat here with officials stretching every nerve to meet new deadlines for completing a plethora of welfare schemes. It is widely believed in TDP circles that Mr Naidu is set to seek dissolution of the assembly and early elections anytime after November 8.

In what is seen by some as a preparation for a possible elections, Mr Naidu revived his district tours on Thursday, five weeks after surviving the attempt on his life. Addressing two public meetings at Cheepurupally and Amud-alavalasa towns on Thursday as a part of his district tour, the Chief Minister sought to strike an emotional chord with the people, describing his escape from naxalite attack as a re-birth and vowing to dedicate his new lease of life for the development of the state.

Meanwhile, TDP sources said the party would organise three regional conventions at Rajahmundry in coastal Andhra, Kurnool in Raya-laseema and Karimnagar in Telangana regions.