Infighting among Congress aspirants to secure party tickets for the upcoming bypolls will only help TRS. This was discussed when the Congress affairs in-charge and Union law minister, Mr M. Veerappa Moily, met the Chief Minister, Mr Rosaiah, the PCC chief, Mr D. Srinivas, MP Dr K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao and others on Tuesday. Mr Moily said the party high command would finalise the candidates after discussions with party leaders.
Infighting among Congress leaders has reached a fever pitch in at least five of the 10 segments going for polls and aspirants are threatening dire consequences if the party renominates candidates who unsuccessfully contested in the 2009 general elections.
In Sirpur-Kagaznagar segment, MLC, Mr Prem Sagar Rao, who still has three years tenure remaining, wants to contest the polls from here. Former Adilabad MP, Mr A. Indra Karan Reddy, is also eyeing this seat. Former MLA from here and 2009 candidate Mr Koneru Konappa, however, feels that if the party wants to put up someone else, the ticket should be given to Mr Reddy and not to Mr Rao. He said he would contest as an independent if he was not given a ticket.
In Yellareddy, former minister, Mr Shabbir Ali, wants to contest in place of Mr Janardhana Gowd, the party’s choice in 2009. In Korutla, previous candidate Mr Juvvadi Ratnakara Rao has already announced his candidature. Meanwhile former MLA of Metpally, Mr Komireddy Ramulu’s supporters are saying if he is denied a ticket they will sabotage the party.
The situation is similar in Dharmapuri and Huzurabad segments, with quite a few leaders looking for tickets.