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Congress members deserting party in Seemandhra; no one willing to contest elections fearing certain defeat
Claiming as champion for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the Congress party is now finding it difficult to get potential candidates to contest in general elections from Seemandhra region. As more than half of its sitting MPs and MLAs have deserted or are in line to desert to other parties, in search of safe seats, even remaining sitting candidates are hesitating to fight in fearing loss.

Though Union Urban Development minister Jairam Ramesh tried to infuse confidence among party cadre during his whirlwind tour in the region stating that it was Congress-led UPA government that provided unique packages for the development of Seemandhra region, hardly there are any one to trust.

Even the newly appointed Pradesh Congress Committee President N Raghuveera Reddy making can be seen making humble appeal to all the Congress leaders, who had deserted the party to return back into its fold, remembering various positions and fortunes they had enjoyed under party’s shadow till now. However, he didn't find any receiver to his appeal.

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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