Though state congress in-charge Digvijay Singh openly said that the party will consider revoking suspension if any of the suspended MPs wish to return to the party, but till now none responded. Even he failed to persuade former chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to resist from his move of launching a new regional party. Singh deplored Reddy for launching a new party 'Jai Samaikyandhra' while stating, “Kiran Kumar Reddy breached promise given to me that would not launch his new regional party.”
Five times MPs like Union Textile Minister Kavuru Sambasiva Rao and Rayapati Sambasiva Rao are hesitating to contest as the Congress candidates fearing they may lose even their security deposits. More than half of the ministers in Kiran Kumar Reddy cabinet has left Congress party.
Former minister and Rajya Sabha member T Subba Rami Reddy (Visakhapatnam), former minister Kasu Venkata Krishna Reddy (Narasaraopet), who had recently lobbied for party ticket to contest in Lok Sabha polls are not going back.
A senior leader said, “We need at least Rs 30 crore to contest in Lok Sabha polls. Instead of spending such a huge amount for a losing seat, we can use our resources for lobbying for good fortunes after polls.”
According to a senior party leader, those who failed to get entry into YSR Congress Party and Telugu Desam, they are only with the Congress. Even some leaders are attempting to join BJP, hoping better prospects with TDP-BJP alliance, though BJP's presence is negligible in the region.
Union minister D Purandeswari had already joined BJP. One more senior MP is exploring possibilities of joining BJP, while bargaining hardly with TDP for a safer seat.
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