In a dramatic twist to the ongoing election to chairpersons District Cooperative Central Bank (DCCB) election officer of Kadapa, Chandrasekhar, who was allegedly kidnapped on Tuesday night, appeared before the Collector on Wednesday.
Though Mr. Chandrasekhar, District Cooperative Officer, who was to preside over the elections returned, the District Collector, K. Sasidhar announced the postponement of the polls to Thursday. Mr. Sasidhar said the elections would now be held with M. Venkatasubbaiah, Deputy Registrar acting as the election officer. In view of the alleged abduction, full security has been extended to Mr. Venkatasubbaiah.
The delay in starting the election process provoked the YSRC MLAs and MLCs to stage a protest in front of the DCCB.
There was tension in the air with Congress MLA, G. Veerasiva Reddy and a former MLA, Varadarajulu Reddy entering into an argument with YSRC members. Later Mr. Veerasiva Reddy lodged a complaint with the police alleging that the YSRC supporters threw a slipper at him.
In Khammam, Telugu Desam candidate, M. Vijay Babu belonging to Khammam MLA, Tummala Nageswara Rao bagged the chairmanship of DCCB, defeating party’s “rebel” candidate, T. Brahmaiah. There were some anxious moments as Congress directors supported Mr. Brahmaiah.
Division in the TDP ranks threatened to mar the elections with yet another candidate, B. Ramesh Babu, a supporter of Khammam MP, Nama Nageswara Rao throwing his hat in the ring. Khammam TDP district president, K. Koteswara Rao and others intervened and convinced Mr. Ramesh Babu against contesting. As part of the understanding, CPI’s B. Hemantha Rao was elected vice chairman of DCCB. TDP candidate, A. Anjaiah, got elected as District Cooperative Marketing Society (DCMS).
But group rivalry within Congress forced the postponement of elections to Ranga Reddy DCCB and DCMS chairpersons post once again.
For the second consecutive day, leaders’ efforts in bringing about rapprochement between the supporters of the Ministers P. Sabitha Indra Reddy and M. Prasada Kumar failed. For the same reason elections in Warangal too were deferred.