Staff Reporter

Cadres descend on B. Prakash’s house and try to console him

DCC president G.V. Ramana Reddy tries his best to get the ticket but fails

Also in the fray was ex-Vice-Chancellor of Kakatiya University V. Gopal Reddy

WARANGAL: The Congress party which kept pending the decision on Warangal Parliamentary seat has finally declared senior party worker P. Rameshwar Reddy, son of veteran entrepreneur P. Ganga Reddy of Chakkar Beedi Factory, as its candidate.

The party reportedly offered the ticket to former MLA and Member of Parliament R. Surender Reddy but he is understood to have favoured his son. However, the party leadership declined and wanted Tribal Welfare Minister D.S. Redya Naik to contest and defeat tribal TRS candidate D. Ravindra Naik.

Mr. Redya Naik declined to accept the offer and instead favoured Mr. Surender Reddy or his son.

The Congress leadership perhaps thought Mr. Rameshwar Reddy better for the seat as he is a non-controversial person, economically sound enough to fight the election and has strong base among beedi workers across the district.

The goodwill and image his father carries might add to his chances.

Other leaders – legislator B. Saraiah, Minister D.S. Redya Naik and others apparently favoured the candidature of Mr. Rameshwar Reddy.

However, sources in the party indicate that some of the seniors sulked over the candidature of Mr. Reddy. DCC president G.V. Ramana Reddy tried his best to get the ticket but did not succeed. Another leader, Mr. Banda Prakash who had been anticipating the ticket was deeply disappointed.

Hundreds of party workers on Tuesday reached his residence and tried to console him.

Virtually, every leader, including the second-rung leaders tried their best to project themselves and secure the ticket. Former Member of Parliament Kalpana Devi, Hari Rama Devi, academics A. Sitaram Naik, former KU Vice-Chancellor V. Gopal Reddy and others were among those who tried for the party ticket.

Meanwhile, Mr Reddy proposes to launch his campaign formally from Wednesday after addressing the corporators of the town.