Fareeduddin blames them for his defeat from Amberpet

in the recent Assembly election

HYDERABAD: Supporters of senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member V. Hanumantha Rao denied the charges levelled by former Minister Md. Fareeduddin, that the former resorted to anti-party activities resulting in his defeat in Amberpet Assembly constituency.

Mr. Fareeduddin, who was the party candidate from Amberpet, lost the elections to Bharatiya Janata Party candidate G.Kishan Reddy by a huge margin.

Later, he dashed off a letter to the high command complaining about the alleged role of Mr. Hanumantha Rao and his followers in his defeat.

Refuting the allegations at a press conference, R. Balaiah, vice-president, Greater Hyderabad Congress Committee, and others said that it was unfortunate that such an allegation was levelled against a senior leader.

They said the Congress workers had worked hard for the victory of the official candidate but the non-local tag affected him.

They pointed out that Mr. Rao had never resorted to any activity that would have damaged the party’s prospects.

They pointed out that the hard work of the cadres saw to it that Mr. Fareeduddin polled 32,000 votes, much more than the tally of the Grand Alliance candidate.