SR. CONGRESS LEAD­ERS LINE UP FOR LS SEAT

MORE SE­NIORS are ex­pect to ap­ply by the time the process closes on Tues­day. The TPCC will short­list the names by Fe­bru­ary 20 and send it to the high com­mand. ■

Deccan Chronicle - - Politics - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Se­nior Congress lead­ers like V. Hanu­man­tha Rao, Mallu Ravi and Pa­tel Ramesh Reddy were among the 25 aspi­rants who ap­plied for Lok Sabha nom­i­na­tions on Sun­day.

Mr Hanu­man­tha Rao who had failed to get the nom­i­na­tion from Am­ber­pet dur­ing the As­sem­bly elec­tions has ap­plied for the Kham­mam Lok Sabha seat, where the Congress per­formed well in De­cem­ber. Mr Ravi has opted for Na­garkurnool and Mr Ramesh Reddy, Nal­go­nda.

AICC Kisan Cell viceChair­man M. Ko­danda Reddy has ap­plied for Bhon­gir and for­mer Union min­is­ter P. Balaram Naik, who lost from Ma­habubabad in De­cem­ber, wants the Ma­habubabad Lok Sabha ticket

More se­niors are ex­pect to ap­ply by the time the process closes on Tues­day. The TPCC will short­list the names by Fe­bru­ary 20 and send it to the high com­mand. Lead­ers were ap­pre­hen­sive that lob­by­ing could de­lay the ef­fort.

Keep­ing in view the prob­lems caused by the late an­nounce­ment of names for the As­sem­bly elec­tion, the party wants to nom­i­nate its Lok Sabha can­di­dates early to give them time to cam­paign. The AICC has asked all PCC chiefs to fin­ish the se­lec­tion pro­ce­dure as early as pos­si­ble.

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