Cong rank unhappy over Telangana seat sharing
New Delhi: While Congress president Rahul Gandhi had asked the party cadre to not give away winning seats when cementing an alliance, some state leaders in Telangana seem to have been ruffled the wrong way for exactly that. Resentment has been brewing as some party leaders are expected to give up winning seats for alliance partners of Mahakutami.
These seats include party strongholds Wyra, Husnabad and Nakrekal. The first list of 74 candidates for the 119seat state is likely to come out on Saturday.
In Wyra, current MLC from Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Ramulu Naik recently joined the Congress. However, the seat is likely to go to the Communist Party of India (CPI). The Husnabad seat, too, will be offered to the CPI. However, sources said that the Congress’s internal assessment points at a winning
chance for a contender of its own — Praveen Reddy.
In fact, Serilingampally MLA Bikshapathi Yadav had also protested last week over the ticket distribution.
The buzz that the Nakrekal seat, which is a reserved one, could be given up for the Telangana Inti Party could spoil matters for the Congress in Nalgonda. The three seats in the district are a stronghold of Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, who is chairman of the state publicity committee. “If one of these seats go to Mahakutami partners, the Congress might not enjoy any goodwill in the other two,” said a party source.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad (2nd R) with Telangana unit chief Capt N Uttam Kumar Reddy and Mohammed Ali Shabbir