The Telangana Congress Committee fears massive revolt from party leaders to announce its list of candidates for Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. Though, the Central Election Committee has cleared names for 90 percent seats and the nomination process started on Wednesday, it is hesitating to announce names.
While in some
constituencies, party cadre is openly protesting for allotting seats
for CPI as part of seats-adjustment with the left party, in some
other constituencies they are objecting over the selection process
Large number of
party workers today staged dharna at the residence of former home
minister Sabitha Reddy, protesting for allotting Maheswaram assembly
constituency to CPI, ignoring her candidature. She assured them that
she will honour cadre sentiments and will contest from Maheswaram
only. They have also demanded her to field her son Karthik Reddy as
an independent candidate from Malkajgiri Lok Sabha constituency, if
the party failed to provide him a seat.
MP Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy countered attempts of Ponnala
Lakshmaiah to contest from there to Lok Sabha denying ticket to the
sitting MP. If the party does not accept his candidature, he is also
prepared to field his daughter-in-law. However, the party high
command stood by Reddy-side.
Sitting CPI MLA
Dr B Chadnravathi from Waira constituency of Khammam district also
planned to join Congress and contest as its candidate, since the CPI
refused to re-nominate her. But as of now, as part of
seat-adjustment, the Congress left the seat to CPI and the left party
named some other candidate, now she is looking towards other parties
for her rescue.