Heavy rush for Congress LS ticket in Te­lan­gana

Many ex­pected to ap­ply to­day

The Hindu - - SOUTH - R. Ravikanth Reddy

There is a heavy rush for the Congress ticket in Te­lan­gana for the com­ing Lok Sabha elec­tion.

The aspi­rants in­clude new com­ers, for­mer Par­lia­ment mem­bers, for­mer Min­is­ters, stu­dent lead­ers and those who lost in the re­cent As­sem­bly poll.

De­spite the drub­bing in the re­cent As­sem­bly poll, there is no loss of en­thu­si­asm in the party.

More than 30 ap­pli­cants en­tered the Gandhi Bha­van to try their luck af­ter the party asked the aspi­rants to ap­ply from Fe­bru­ary 10 to 12.

The num­ber is ex­pected to in­crease in the next two days and the party is likely to re­ceive at least 10 ap­pli­ca­tions for ev­ery con­stituency.

Party se­niors and the elec­tion com­mit­tee will scru­ti­nise the hope­fuls and send their rec­om­men­da­tions to the high com­mand that will fi­nalise the list af­ter go­ing through the per­mu­ta­tions and com­bi­na­tions of caste, re­li­gion, pop­u­lar­ity and se­nior­ity.

Khamam in de­mand

Some in­ter­est­ing names seen on the first day in­cluded three-time Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber, V. Hanu­man­tha Rao, who has ap­plied for the Kham­mam seat, which most lead­ers feel is much safer than the other 16 con­stituen­cies in the State, given the re­cent per­for­mance of the ‘Maha Ku­tami’ (grand al­liance) in the As­sem­bly elec­tion. There is al­ready a great de­mand for the seat with lo­cal lead­ers Renuka Chowdary and P. Sud­hakar Reddy ex­pect­ing it.

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