Former Minister Md Ali Shabbir may be asked by the Congress party's high command to contest the by-elections from Kamareddy Assembly constituency.

The former Minister, who was recently inducted as the APCC Coordination Committee member, is reluctant to enter the fray in view of two successive defeats in the Assembly elections since 2009.

At a meeting in the Chief Minister's camp office on Sunday evening, chaired by Kiran Kumar Reddy, a large number of party workers and leaders from Nizamabad district backed the candidature of Mr. Shabbir.

It is understood that while the entire State leadership and district level cadres wanted him to contest the polls, he is resisting the attempts. Sources said the party leadership may prevail upon Mr. Shabbir to take the plunge. This was amply evident at the meeting, where apart from the Chief Minister, the PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana, Deputy Chief Minister C.Damodar Raj Narasimha, Home Minister P.Sabitha Indra Reddy and others from Nizamabad said Mr. Shabbir was the right choice. Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy said that he would apprise the high command about the constituency cadres' feelings to field Mr. Shabbir from Kamareddy. The PCC chief gave a call to the party men to work hard for the success of the party candidate.

The meeting was attended among others by Major Irrigation Minister P.Sudarshan Reddy, MLCs – B.Mohan Reddy and D. Rajeswar, former Speaker K. R. Suresh Reddy, Government Whip E.Anil Kumar and DCC president G. Gangadhar.