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Bouncers to guard Congress office in Hyderabad
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.
According to sources, the party may announce names only after two more days. Excepting big revolt from party cadre, boxers (private security personnel) have been appointed at Gandhi Bhavan, the Pradesh Congress Party office to ensure protection to PCC leaders. APCC President Ponnala Lakshmaiah also reviewed security arrangements at the party office. Now, boxers have taken control of the party office in safari dress.

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 itself.

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.

Earlier, Bhongir 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.

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