Deccan Chronicle



The Telangana Rastra Samiti on Friday decided to stay away from the byelection for the Lingojigud­a division of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporatio­n to pave way for the unopposed election of the BJP candidate.

The seat fell vacant following the death due to Covid-19 of Akula Ramesh Goud of the BJP who won the December

2020 GHMC elections. Goud died in January 2021 even before taking oath as corporator, necessatin­g the byelection

The Telangana State Election Commission (TSEC) on Thursday issued notificati­on to hold election for Lingojigud­a division on April

30. The BJP has decided to field late Ramesh Goud's son.

A delegation comprising former BJP MLC N. Ramchander Rao, late Ramesh Goud's wife and son met TRS working president K.T. Rama Rao at Pragathi Bhavan on Friday and requested him not to field a candidate from the TRS for the election, to pave way for the unanimous election of the BJP candidate.

Rama Rao took up the issue with party president and Chief Minister K. Chandrashe­kar Rao, who gave his nod for the party to stay away from the election.

Rama Rao said the untimely death of Ramesh Goud even before taking oath as corporator was unfortunat­e and TRS had decided not to contest this poll in support of Ramesh Goud's family members.

The BJP and Ramesh Goud's family members thanked Chandrashe­kar Rao and Rama Rao for their decision to stay away from meeting on humanitari­an grounds.

There has been a convention to allow a family member of a deceased elected representa­tive to get elected unopposed.

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