Suddenly a buzz of activity is seen around Telangana Bhavan and Pragathi Bhavan in Hyderabad. Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) leaders are seen making beeline to meet the party chief. All this started from this morning. The reason, Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued notification for holding elections to six MLC seats under MLAs quota. So numerous aspirants who are waiting in wings for the opportunity have started making rounds for pushing their name into the list of probable!
In the schedule released on Sunday, the ECI stated that it had reassessed the situation in both the States and decided to go ahead with the polling. Accordingly, the notification for the election will be released November 9 and nominations also will be accepted from the same day. The last day for submission of nominations is November 16. The scrutiny of nominations will be held on November 17, while the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is November 22.
The polling will be held from 9 am to 4 pm on November 29, followed by counting of votes from 5 pm onwards. The results will be announced on the same day and the entire polling process will be completed on or before December 1. The elections will be held in strict adherence to Covid-19 protocol.
The six MLCs whose term ended on June 3 this year are, the Council former Chairman Gutha Sukhender Reddy, Deputy Chairman Neti Vidyasagar, Kadiyam Srihari, Akula Lalitha and Bodakunti Venkateshwarlu, all from the ruling TRS. Since pandemic and Covid restrictions were prevalent, ECI
had not conducted the elections then. So it has been scheduled for November 29.
With the latest notification from ECI, TRS leaders are trying to impress upon their party chief K Chandrasekhar Rao and bag the seat. Already Gutha Sukhender Reddy, Kadiyam Srihari and Bodakunti Venkateshwarlu are confident that they will be given another chance to become the MLCs. While other three are also confident, but the list of aspirants is growing by the day and turning into a bigger challenge for KCR !
The aspirations have grown because of KCR’s statement saying that the party was contemplating on representing leaders from Padmashali and Vishwa Brahim castes in the upcoming MLCs elections. With this is the mind many leaders are dreaming of finding place in legislative council. Interestingly yet another 12 MLCs seats will fall vacant in January next year, so KCR has lot to manage and handle as well as impress among his cadre!