MLC Election: With 18 MLC seats going for election very soon, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is in for a litmus test to keep the party flock together. The big challenge for Telanga Rastra Samiti (TRS) supremo is allocating seats without giving any scope for rebellion within the party leaders. Interestingly there are large numbers of TRS leaders who are aspiring to become MLC, but only 18 MLC seats under MLAs and local area constituencies (LAC) are going to polls!
According to political analysts, with TRS has majority in assembly and also in local bodies, all the MLC seats will be going for the party leaders. Mostly, all the MLCs would be getting elected unanimously, say the analysts. Though all these look simple, the task of appeasing all the leaders from different sections, castes and walks of life is a bigger challenge to KCR. And according to sources at Pragathi Bhavan, KCR has already started the exercise and is most likely announce the candidates for both quotas at one go.
As per Election Commission of India (ECI) notification, the nominations for MLCs under MLAs quota opened yester and will close on November 16, while the nominations for MLCs under LACs will open on November 16.
The 12 MLC seats that will fall vacant on January 12, 2022 are Puranam Satish from Adilabad; Pochampally Srinivas Reddy from Warangal; Tera Chinappa Reddy from Nalgonda; V Bhoopal Reddy from Medak; K Kavitha from Nizamabad; Lasani Lakshminarayana from Khammam; T Bhanu Prasad and Naradasu Laxman Rao from Karimnagar; Kasireddu Narayana Reddy and Kuchakulla Damodhar Reddy from Mahahbubnagar; and Patnam Mahender Reddy and Sunkari Raju from Ranga Reddy. Out of these V Bhoopal Reddy is Council pro-tem chairman; Bhanu Prasad Rao and Damodhar Reddy are government whips.
It is not just the TRS party members but entire state is curious to find out how many people among the outgoing MLCs will get renewals and how many new faces will be accommodated. If new faces find place in the list of KCR, who are they and how did they manage to grab the attention of TRS chief; these are questions that running across the minds of people.
According sources in TRS, the CM was treading a cautious path in selecting candidates and he was consulting senior leaders as well as looking at track records before he arrived to any kind of conclusion, says the sources.