Only two days left for filing nomination papers

With only two days left for filing nomination papers for elections to urban local bodies (ULBs), the major political parties — including the Congress, the BJP and the Janata Dal (Secular), apart from the newly formed BSR Congress — are trying hard to finalise their list of ‘winning’ candidates.

Many anxious aspirants are making a beeline to the offices of political parties here and elsewhere in the district.

In the Congress office, M. Diwakar Babu and Allum Veerbhadrappa, former Ministers; K.C. Kondaiah, MLC; and Anil Lad, MP, among others, held meetings with party workers and elicited their opinion about the choice of candidates, with the focus on gaining a majority in the city corporation, which is now in the hands of the BSR Congress.

In the just concluded term of the city corporation, owing to one-upmanship among leaders, the Congress did not win a single seat. This time, according to party sources, all the leaders were united.

BSR Congress leaders, in a bid to retain control and also gain control over other urban local bodies, have been very cautious while choosing candidates. The BSR Congress had a strength of 32 in the 35-member House.

Thirty of the 32 members had won on BJP ticket and subsequently switched to the BSR Congress after B. Sriramulu quit the BJP.

It was learnt that the BSR Congress leaders were likely to drop many of the sitting councillors and field only new candidates.

The leaders have prepared a list and are awaiting Mr. Sriramulu’s approval.

Even in the BJP and Janata Dal (Secular) camps, leaders are trying to finalise the lists.

  • Only two days left for filing nomination papers

  • The Congress is trying hard to regain power in the city corporation