Congress expects less rebel trouble in old Adilabad

Adilabad Congress leaders with AICC president Rahul Gandhi to discuss party affairs, at his residence in New Delhi in July.

Adilabad Congress leaders with AICC president Rahul Gandhi to discuss party affairs, at his residence in New Delhi in July.  

Intense lobbying for ticket likely

The setting up of a screening committee by the Congress high command for selecting candidates for the coming election in the State would also herald intense lobbying for tickets by claimants. As the opposition party proposes to finalise the list of candidates sooner than later, dissidence is also likely to surface in various Assembly constituencies, including some of the 10 constituencies in the erstwhile Adilabad district.

Things, however, may not be as bad when it comes to the party facing rebel trouble, according to senior leaders. “Only the constituencies of Khanapur (ST) and Adilabad could have some dissident activity,” said a senior leader as he went over the names of aspirants in different constituencies.

“Khanapur, spread over Nirmal, Mancherial and Adilabad districts, has the largest number of aspirants in Bharat Chauhan, Hari Naik and the recent entrants into the party—Rathod Charulatha and Bhukya Janakibai and former MP Ramesh Rathod. The Adivasis are also pressurising the party to nominate an aboriginal candidate from the constituency failing which they are likely to put up an independent candidate,” revealed Adilabad District Congress Committee working president Naresh Jadhav.

Adilabad also has three serious contenders for the ticket in veteran C. Ramchander Reddy, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee member G. Sujatha and AICC member Bhargav Deshpande. “The screening committee will face a tough time nominating a candidate from here,” observed a party leader in town.

In Chennur (SC) in Mancherial district, the choice would be between former MLA Boda Janardhan, who belongs to A. Revanth Reddy group, and is supported by Adilabad DCC president A. Maheshwar Reddy, and a former government officer Venkatesh Netha. Former MLC K. Premsagar Rao and former MLA G. Aravind Reddy are in the race for Mancherial, according to information in the Congress circles.

The Bellampally seat, also in Mancherial district, is most likely to be left for CPI, a partner in the grand alliance of parties led by the Congress. The choice for a candidate for Sirpur constituency in Kumram Bheem Asifabad is limited among Palvai Harish Babu, a doctor, and son of former legislator Purushotham Rao, and Raavi Srinivas. There are hardly any serious aspirants from Asifabad (ST) in KB Asifabad district and Boath (ST) in Adilabad district, other than former MLAs Athram Sakku and Soyam Bapu Rao, if grapevine in the party is to be believed. Nirmal also has only Maheshwar Reddy as the strongest contender for a nomination. Brothers Narayan Rao Patel and Rama Rao Patel are seeking ticket from Mudhole constituency in Nirmal district and the screening committee would have to select one from them. “The party is expecting dissident activity only in Khanapur and Adilabad,” asserted another leader in the district Congress.

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