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District leadership and Ministers not willing to commit anything openly

District party unit is asking the contenders to emerge victorious first so that the party leadership takes a decisionOne leader says there is no unanimity among the legislators and MPs on the candidacy of any of the contender

VIJAYAWADA: The Congress may not finalise the candidate for the post of zilla parishad chairperson of Krishna district, which is reserved for BC (general category) until the announcement of election results. Four party leaders are seriously contending for the post.

Considering that the Congress wins a maximum number of zilla parishad territorial constituencies (ZPTCs), the party may have to zero in on one of them. District Youth Congress president and zonal chairman of the APSRTC Jogi Ramesh is in the forefront for the zilla parishad assignment. Kukkala Nageswara Rao, who resigned from the TDP and joined the Congress on Monday, is said to be another contender. He hails from the Nidumolu Assembly constituency. Former MP from Machilipatnam

K. P. Reddaiah is another serious aspirant for the coveted post.

However, the district leadership of the Congress and Ministers representing the district in the State Cabinet are not willing to commit anything openly on the choice of the candidate.

They are merely saying that the elected ZPTC members will choose the chairperson.

Machilipatnam MP Badiga Ramakrishna says that all the six legislators in his Lok Sabha constituency area are united and they will go by what the APCC and the Chief Minister say. Inherently, these legislators want Mr. Reddaiah to be made chairman of the zilla parishad.

Interestingly, senior Congress legislator and Avanigadda MLA Mandali Buddha Prasad, who was instrumental in Mr. Nageswara Rao's quitting the TDP and joining the Congress, may want to pit him in the fray.

Another name doing the rounds is G. Krishna of the Gannavaram area. However, no leader is openly championing the cause of any contender.

The district party unit is asking the contenders to emerge victorious first so that the party leadership takes a decision. Another important leader said that there was no unanimity among the legislators and MPs about the candidacy of any of the contenders for the top job.

Therefore, the question of projecting anybody as the Congress nominee for the chairman's post doesn't arise, he points out. While the legislators and MPs will together decide the party nominees for ZPTCs, mandal-level leaders will take care of the selection of candidates for the mandal parishad territorial constituencies.