A photo-finish on the cards here

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K. Srinivas Reddy

Musheerabad constituency is likely to witness a close race between major players

Congress MLA Manemma may make way for son; Grand Alliance may field Nayani Narasimha Reddy

The BJP hopes Laxman will pull-off this time around; Lok Satta also in the fray

HYDERABAD: It’s going to be a triangular contest in Musheerabad constituency which is prone to spring surprises in every elections. With the major Opposition parties forming the Grand Alliance, it would be a keenly fought electoral battle among the candidates of the ruling party, the BJP and the Grand Alliance. The Lok Satta Party is also in the fray.

‘Sweet revenge’

Musheerabad constituency has always sprung surprises at the hustings. In the last byelections following the resignation of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) legislator Nayani Narsimha Reddy, Congress nominee Tanguturi Manemma Anjaiah wrested the seat with a margin of 2,075 votes. It must have been a sweet revenge for Manemma Anjaiah, whose husband, the most popular Congress leader of yesteryears Tanguturi Anjaiah was humbled by the same Nayani Narsimha Reddy way back in 1978 polls.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party has nominated Dr. K. Laxman who had to suffer defeat in last two elections after he won the polls in the constituency in 1999, the ruling Congress is yet to finalise its candidate. Chances of renominating the sitting legislator Manemma Anjaiah appear remote as her son T. Srinivas Reddy is stated to be an aspirant.

From the Opposition side, the Grand Alliance of Telugu Desam, Communist parties and the TRS are likely to field Mr. Narsimha Reddy again.

Friends turn foes

The electoral battle in Musheerabad would provide a perfect example for the adage that none is a friend or foe in politics. In the 2004 elections, the Congress had alliance with TRS and the Communist parties and the constituency was allotted to the TRS, which saw a comfortable victory for Mr. Narsimha Reddy.

But after the TRS parted ways with the Congress necessitating a bypoll, friends had become foes. In the reorganised political alliances, TDP backed S. Veeraiah of CPI (M), while BJP retained Dr. Laxman and the ruling party fielded Manemma Anjaiah, who was literally a dark horse on the political arena. However, she managed to pull a surprise by wresting the seat.

Interesting battle

And now there is yet again a change in political alliances. The TRS, the TDP and the Communist parties would be on one side while Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress would be fielding their own candidates, making it a most keenly watched electoral battle.



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