KURNOOL: A group of TDP supporters led by former Corporator Gunna Mark joined the Congress in the presence of former MLA T.G. Venkatesh here on Tuesday. Mr. Mark, David, Sundara Raju and 30 others were among those who joined the Congress. Mr. Venkatesh welcomed them into the Congress.
This time, Mr. Venkatesh is likely to contest on Congress ticket while Mr. Gafoor will be in the fray supported by TDP and other alliance partners.
A section of Congress supporters were demanding nomination of a minority candidate on the ground that minorities constituted the major chunk of voters. Meanwhile, Mr. Venkatesh denied the allegations that he was distributing mobile phones and saris to induce voters. He said service was the general policy of his business house be it election or no election. His group of companies was always on the forefront whenever there was a calamity. The CPI (M) leaders who could not palate the package were raking up unnecessary controversy. He said the distribution was now stopped because of the election. In fact, 80 per cent of the families were given the assistance long ago and not now.