Congress and YSRCP tie up is not ruled out

A possible realignment of political forces is not being ruled out in the district as the Congress, Telugu Desam and YSR Congress Party are vying with one another to wrest the District Central Cooperative Bank (DCCB) chairmanship for which elections are scheduled to be held on February 18.

With the Congress conceding ground to the Telugu Desam and YSR Congress Party emerging as a deciding factor in the just concluded elections to the Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS), the stage is set for a realignment of forces.

For the record, the TDP has emerged as the single largest winner by wresting 69 societies so far.

The Congress is trailing close by winning 54 societies and the YSRCP has bagged 30 societies. In segments, where elections have been stayed, it might be likely that it would be either YSRCP or the TDP bagging the majority of the societies.

The Narsaraopet division has been a saving grace for the Congress, thanks to a determined effort by Kasu Mahesh Reddy, heir to political legacy of Kasu family. With his father and Cooperation Minister Kasu Krishna Reddy giving a call for the elections as a test of the party strengths before the general elections, it was left to Mahesh Reddy to wrest the maximum number of societies. In seven societies, the Congress won four, followed by YSRCP (2).

With the DCCB elections just a fortnight away, sources say that the Congress leaders are working overtime to strike a deal with the YSRCP, though no formal agreement has been reached so far. But the talk of any formal agreement with Congress is being brushed aside by YSRCP leaders as that could completely disillusion party cadre.

``We can rule out the possibility of a tie up with YSRCP. A decision will be taken in a day or two after a meeting of senior leaders,’’ said a Congress leader from Narsaraopet.

The run up to the PACS polls saw several skirmishes between Congress and the YSRCP cadre. Macherla MLA Pinneli Ramakrishna Reddy was taken into preventive custody at Sirigurapadu.

Former MLA Kurri Punna Reddy who is being tipped as the next DCCB Chairman had a running feud with the YSRCP MLA till the time of filing the nominations.

But a compromise was thrashed out between the two resulting in Congress and YSRCP sharing the posts of directors in Sirigurapadu.