Telangana

Warangal bypolls: parties hunt for candidates

With the election to the Warangal Parliament seat imminent with the Kadiam Srihari’s appointment as the Deputy Chief Minister and election as MLC, the political parties are now engaged in searching for new candidates

Rumour mills were abuzz that many TDP and Congress leaders were trying to secure the ticket from TRS party and prominent name were being heard such that of G. Vivek, who is at present with the Congress.

He was with the TRS before the general elections and anticipating Congress’s victory he rejoined it. Similarly, the name of G. Vijayarama Rao was also heard.

The name of TRS leader Manda Jagannadham, who lost election from Nagarkurnool also figured in the probable candidates. However, there was a long list of candidates within the TRS party. Since the seat was reserved for SCs, the political parties might go by popularity and financial position of the persons before considering them as candidates

The names that were doing rounds in TRS circles include Prof. P. Sambaiah, Errolla Srinivas and Pidamarthi Ravi.

Congress former MP S. Rajaiah, who is keen on contesting the election, has been weighing his options between the Congress and the TRS, while the names of Sarve Satyanarayana and G. Vivek were doing rounds in the Congress circles.

According to the Congress sources, the party conducted a public survey which seemed to indicate party’s victory in Warangal Parliament by-elections. Going by the stiff competition within the TRS party, chances of giving ticket to new entrants may not be possible. However, the ultimate decision lies with the Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. The BJP is on the hunt for a heavyweight for the seat. Though R. Parameswar was ready, the party seems to be looking for a strong candidate.

“This is prestigious for us. The sweeping Modi wave and our ground work will help us. If we can win this seat, we can put a check on the TRS and its unilateral decisions,” a senior leader of the party said.

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