Cong rank un­happy over Te­lan­gana seat shar­ing

DNA (Delhi) - - STATE OF POLLS - Am­rita Mad­hukalya am­rita.mad­hukalya@dnain­

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

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