In move that tries to prove the party’s existence in the state, the Telangana Congress Pradesh Committee (TPCC) has decided to contest in five MLC seats under the local area constituencies (LAC). With Bharatiya Janata Partyb (BJP) not contesting in the election, the Congress has decided to content five out of 12 seats including Nizamabad where Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K Kavitha is contesting.
Even though Congress doesn’t have the numbers to win the MLC seats, the party has decided to contest few seats just to say to the public that it was still alive and kicking in Telangana. “It is not just that, the local leaders were insisting on fighting elections to activate the cadre and also to keep the flock together. Since many are looking at jumping into ruling Talangana Ratsra Samiti (TRS),” observed senior journalist in Hyderabad.
It is reported that the party has cleared the names of Rayala Nageswara Rao, a senior Congress leader and former DCMS chairman of Khammam district and Nirmala Jagga Reddy, wife of Sangareddy MLA and TPCC working president Turpu Jayaprakash Reddy. Nirmala Reddy is the Sangareddy DCC chief at present. The two names have been sent to AICC for clearance.
The others who are likely to be named are TPCC working president Mahesh Kumar Gound, who is likely to contest from Nizamabad; Jinnaram Srinivas Reddy, a close associate of MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy from Nalgonda; and V Vasudev Reddy, a staunch supporter of TPCC president Revanth Reddy might contest from Warangal.
All said and done, the Congress candidates themselves know that they might not have chance of winning the MLC seat, but having sacrificed their stature and expecting a seat in the next assembly elections, the leaders are accepting the party’s proposal this time. But it surely send signals that the party has not given up Telangana and is fighting!