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`Bijli, sadak aur pani'



Kambampati Haribabu .

Kambampati Haribabu, the sitting BJP MLA from Visakhapatnam-I would have been teaching the concept of spread spectrum communication to his students in the AU

College of Engineering, if the nationwide BJP movement in 1991 would not have stirred the simmering anti-Congress feeling within him.

A lecturer by profession, Dr. Haribabu had been in active politics since the age of 18, when he participated as the secretary of AU Students Union in the `Jai Andhra' movement along with the current BJP President Venkaiah Naidu. He also served a term of six months in the Visakhapatnam and Musheerabad Central Jail during the Emergency for supporting Jaya Prakash Narayan's movement.

Thereafter, he concentrated more on his academic career and went on to complete his post-graduation and doctorate. He was again into the thick of politics by 1991 and in 1993 BJP made him the State unit general secretary. In 1999 he was elected MLA from Visakha-I and he is vying for it once again from the same constituency. But this time he is up against a more formidable opponent in the form of Dronamraju Satyanarayana of the Congress.

Like a true professional, he has outlined his campaign strategy and currently his day starts at 6 in the morning and goes well past midnight. "I concentrate mainly on identifying the resource person in each ward and community and make it a point to meet him or her in person. I also coordinate with the party cadres of our ally (TDP) in each ward before every meeting," says he.

His main poll plank is the feel-good factor of the NDA and hopes that the people would vote him and the NDA Government back to power for further economic development of the country.

"This has been my main agenda in almost every meeting so far. I put forward the achievement of this Government so far and what is in store in the vision document, and leave the rest to the people to decide.

As far as promises are concerned I commit the same that is there in the NDA agenda, `bijli, sadak aur pani' (power, road and water).

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