ANDHRA PRADESH

Congress gets set for Council polls

Special Correspondent

Choice of candidates left to high command

HYDERABAD: The Pradesh Election Committee (PEC) of the Congress, at a meeting here on Friday, resolved to leave the selection of party candidates for a majority of the Legislative Council seats to the high command.

It finalised the list of candidates to be fielded from the 28 Local Authorities' Constituencies (LAC) but resolved to leave the selection of nominees from the other constituencies to the AICC, APCC president K. Keshava Rao told reporters after the meeting. The committee urged the high command to keep in mind the aspect of social justice while naming the candidates.

Dr. Rao said he would accompany Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy to New Delhi on Saturday morning to meet AICC president Sonia Gandhi. A second meeting of the PEC would be held on February 25, he added.

The Congress leader disclosed that talks were in progress with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the CPI for seat adjustments in the Council elections. TRS leaders were being consulted and an understanding was likely with the former ally.

He said the CPI had urged the Congress to accommodate two of its candidates but declined to field its nominee from Khammam LAC when offered.

Dr. Keshava Rao said the Legislative Council was not a centre for rehabilitating out-of-work politicians. Due representation would be given to minorities, SCs, STs, BCs and women.

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