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Congress finding no face for poll campaign in Telangana
The Congress party which had cultivated high hopes to form the first government in the newly created Telangana state with high hopes that people of the region would reward them for realizing their dream is now seen faceless is seems to be `faceless?. Even after a month of the polling schedule no visible efforts are seen to mobilize public support.
Immediately after the Parliament given nod for Telangana bill, they announced within a week they will be organizing a massive `thank giving? public meeting in Hyderabad by inviting party president Sonia Gandhi and others. But even after 50 days no such move is seen.


Most of the party senior leaders are seen confining to their own constituencies fearing stiff competition and hardly moving out-side. Many senior leaders who keep up hopes to become Chief Minister or Pradesh Congress president became disappointed with `surprising? appointments made by the party high-command.


From the party high-command only rural development minister Jairam Ramesh and party SC Dept. Chairman and Rajya Sabha member K Raju are frequently visiting and going to district headquarters to set the party campaign right. But they are failing to make any impact.


According to sources, Jairam Ramesh is unhappy with the attitude of the party high-command for frequently deputing him to the state for the simple reason he had taken active role in preparing state bifurcation legislation. ?Everyone knows my poor capabilities in electoral politics. Senior leaders like P Chidambaram, state Congress in charge Digvijay Singh, former in charge Gulab Nabi Azad and home minister Susheel Kumar Shinde, who played crucial role in bifurcation the state are now showing their face here?, he reportedly conveyed his agony with a close confident.


State Campaign Committee chairman and former deputy chief minister Damodar Raja Narasimha is not seen in the state headquarter since last two weeks, forget of going to other districts. He is confining to his constituency Andol in Medak district fearing stiff contest. Former TDP minister Babu Mohan, who defeated him twice earlier and later was defeated by him in the last two elections, is now contesting as TRS candidate.


 


Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president Ponnala Lakshamaiah till now busy with shuttling to Delhi for finalizing list of candidates and is now too confining to his Janagam constituency in Warangal. In the last polls he had won with a majority of  236 votes only. Now two Congress rebels are in the fray. Now his focus is only to ensure his own victory.


 


Executive President of the committee, Uttam Kumar Reddy was succeeded in getting two seats for his family, one for him and another to his wife Padmavathi (Kodad) violating party?s principle no second family members be given seat. After getting two seats assuring party high-command they are sure to win in both the seats, he is too confining to these two constituencies.


As, such no party functionary is touring or at least monitoring party poll campaign. D Srinivas, who had twice headed the Pradesh Congress Committee getting success to the party in the last two general elections, is too now confining to his constituency. In 2009 he was assured to be given Chief Minister position, but unfortunately he was defeated from Nizamabad urban constituency in the hands of BJP candidate Y Lakshminarayana by a majority of 11,000 votes. In 2011, Lakshminarayana resigned on Telangana issue and contested again in the bypolls. This time also Srinivas was defeated by him with increased majority of 12,000 votes. Now he shifted to Nizamabad rural constituency.


Senior leader K Jana Reddy, who was disappointed for not rewarding him PCC or chief ministership, is too confining to his constituency Nagarjuna Sagar. In last elections also he had won with a small majority and now he is faced by former CPM legislator party leader Nomula Narasimhaiah as TRS candidate.


 When all senior leaders are unsure of their own success in polls and locked in stiff contest, other candidates are worrying on their fate leave along the dream of coming to power in the new state. Now only hoes for them is visit of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi next week.


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