Alliances only if high command permits, says D. Srinivas

Party to name its mayoral candidate only after results are announced

Concentration of party would be on the selection of right candidates

HYDERABAD: The Congress party has announced that it will field its candidates from all the 150 seats in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) election.

Coming a day after the State Election Commission announced the schedule for the elections, the decision is significance in the light of efforts reportedly commenced by a section of the Congress leaders to enter into an alliance with the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) which has a strong presence in the old city. “Any move to form alliances will be taken only if the high command permits,” APCC president D. Srinivas said.

Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, Mr. Srinivas said the party would name its mayoral candidate only after the results were announced and the concentration of the party would be on the selection of candidates. The party had convened a meeting of the party’s senior leaders, MLAs, MPs, Ministers and PCC office-bearers on Friday to chalk out the strategies to be adopted for the polls.

This would be followed by another meeting on October 31 that would be chaired by Union Minister and AP affairs in-charge M. Veerappa Moily. The Congress had decided to concentrate on selection of right candidates as “the election is half won once proper candidates are announced”. The APCC president who evaded replies when asked whether Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy would be asked to campaign for the party candidates said MLAs, MPs and senior leaders would be responsible for the victory of the nominees.

The State Cabinet which met here on Thursday too discussed at length about the preparations for the forthcoming elections. Chief Minister K. Rosaiah had asked his Cabinet colleagues to stay put in the State capital from November 6 till the completion of elections for coordinating the party activities in different areas.

The meeting, according to sources, decided to go ahead with the earlier strategy of nominating Ministers to different areas to look into the caste-related issues. “The focus, however, will be on ensuring victory in maximum seats so that there is no scope for an impression that the party could not perform in the absence of former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy,” a senior Minister said.