TRS, Congress big­wigs to fight for LS

KCR feels stronger MP can­di­date can pull along MLAs; Congress lead­ers hope to cash in on anti-Modi trend

Deccan Chronicle - - POLITICS - S.N.C.N. ACHARYULU | DC HY­DER­ABAD, JUNE 14

Sev­eral present and for­mer MLAs of the Te­lan­gana Rash­tra Samithi (TRS) and Congress are planning to con­test the next gen­eral elec­tion. TRS min­is­ters and for­mer Congress min­is­ters are also likely to be in the fray.

The Congress lead­ers are show­ing more in­ter­est in the Lok Sabha elec­tions be­cause they are ex­pect­ing the mood to turn against the BJP.

Chief Min­is­ter K. Chan­drasekhar Rao is of the opin­ion that if strong can­di­dates are fielded for the Lok Sabha, it will have an ef­fect on Assem­bly con­stituen­cies and will be­come easy for the TRS to win. Ac­cord­ing to sources in the TRS, Mr Rao has hinted that some Cab­i­net min­is­ters should pre­pare to con­test the Lok Sabha elec­tions. While the min­is­ters are will­ing to do so, they want Assem­bly tick­ets for their fam­ily mem­bers.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, an­i­mal hus­bandry min­is­ter Talasani Srini­vasa Ya­dav is likely to con­test the Se­cun­der­abad Lok Sabha con­stituency. But he wants the Sanath­na­gar Assem­bly ticket for his son. Deputy CM Ka­diam Sri­hari will con­test from the Warangal Lok Sabha con­stituency but wants his daugh­ter to be given an Assem­bly ticket.

Transport min­is­ter P. Ma­hen­dar Reddy is likely to con­test from the Chevella Lok Sabha con­stituency and present TRS MP Konda Visweswar Reddy may be shifted to the Malka­j­giri Lok Sabha con­stituency.

Fi­nance min­is­ter Etela Ra­jen­dar may con­test from the Karim­na­gar Lok Sabha con­stituency but wants his wife to be given an Assem­bly ticket. Roads and build­ing Min­is­ter Tum­mala Nageswara Rao may con­test from Kham­mam. Agri­cul­ture min­is­ter Pocharam Srini­vas Reddy may con­test from Nizam­abad if one of his sons is given an Assem­bly ticket. Ma­jor ir­ri­ga­tion min­is­ter T. Har­ish Rao is likely to con­test from Za­heer­abad.

The TRS chief is planning to con­test the Assem­bly seat from Ga­jwel and the Lok Sabha seat from Medak. A se­nior TRS leader, how­ever, said that these are only spec­u­la­tions and the fi­nal de­ci­sion will be taken by the Chief Min­is­ter at an ap­pro­pri­ate time.

With their sights fixed on power at the Cen­tre, Congress lead­ers pre­fer to con­test Lok Sabha seats, hop­ing for an anti BJP and anti-Modi mood in the pub­lic.

For­mer min­is­ter Pon­nala Lax­ma­iah wants to con­test from Bhon­gir and for­mer deputy CM Damodar Raja Narasimha wants to con­test the Medak Lok Sabha seat. Nal­go­nda MLA Ko­matireddy Venkatareddy has openly stated his pref­er­ence for the Nal­go­nda Lok Sabha seat.

Sources in the Te­lan­gana Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee say that the party is most likely to have an al­liance with the CPI, in which case the Nal­go­nda Lok Sabha seat may be given to the CPI.

For­mer min­is­ter and MLA, J Geetha Reddy, is also keen on a Lok Sabha seat, prefer­ably from Za­heer­abad. For­mer MLA K. Laxma Reddy wants to con­test the Malka­j­giri Lok Sabha seat. TPCC vi­cepres­i­dent and for­mer MP Mallu Ravi will con­test from Na­garkurnool and for­mer min­is­ter Sabitha In­drareddy may con­test from Chevella.

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