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Updated: April 9, 2014 05:29 IST

Protests over denial of ticket rock parties

M. Ravi Reddy
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Medak district Telangana Rashtra Samithi secretary Jinka Venkatesham Mudiraj, created a stir threatening to commit suicide by climbing on to a tree top in front of the party office, after he was denied an Assembly ticket in Hyderabad on Tuesday. Photo: Special Arrangement
Medak district Telangana Rashtra Samithi secretary Jinka Venkatesham Mudiraj, created a stir threatening to commit suicide by climbing on to a tree top in front of the party office, after he was denied an Assembly ticket in Hyderabad on Tuesday. Photo: Special Arrangement

High drama ensued on Tuesday with disgruntled leaders and supporters turning the heat on the party offices here after failing to the find their names in the candidates’ list.

Tense moments were witnessed at the Telangana Bhavan (TRS headquarters), Gandhi Bhavan (TPCC head office), TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu’s residence and TPCC president Ponnala Lakshmaiah’s house in the Ministers’ Quarters.

‘Women ignored’

While some protesters climbed trees at the TRS office, irate TDP supporters tried to force their way into Mr. Naidu’s residence. Protesters led by AP Mahila Congress president Akula Lalitha staged a sit-in at the TPCC office at Gandhi Bhavan. “The Congress has insulted women by ignoring their claims. As the Mahila Congress chief, I was ignored,” Ms. Lalitha said.

If former Minister P. Shankar Rao alleged that senior leaders were selling party ticket, ex-MLA P. Sashidhar Reddy went a step further by filing his nomination papers from the Medak Assembly constituency protesting against the allotment of ticket to Ms. Vijayashanti.

At Telangana Bhavan, a TRS worker Srisailam from the Narsapur Assembly constituency in Medak district created a flutter by scaling a tree in front of the party office protesting allotment of ticket to Ch. Madan Reddy who had lost the election twice. The worker was later handed over to the police. Supporters of TRS in-charge for Goshamahal constituency Pradeep protested in front of Telangana Bhavan against denial of ticket.

The TDP continues to face rumblings over the choice of candidates with supporters of Kondangal MLA A. Revanth Reddy staging a protest near Mr. Naidu’s house demanding that he be fielded from the Malkajgiri Lok Sabha constituency.

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