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Rebels may dent Congress fortunes

Rebels may dent Congress fortunes
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The major opposition Congress party is caught at its own game plan and is now finding it difficult to wriggle out of it. The party had decided not to announce the names of the candidates till last moment fearing poaching from the TRS. In the absence of a formal list of candidates several aspirants filed nomination anticipating that the party would give them the B forms. 

Party is caught at its own game as it decides not to release official list of candidates till last minute

Hyderabad: The major opposition Congress party is caught at its own game plan and is now finding it difficult to wriggle out of it. The party had decided not to announce the names of the candidates till last moment fearing poaching from the TRS. In the absence of a formal list of candidates several aspirants filed nomination anticipating that the party would give them the B forms.

A large number of them now feel that they have been left in lurch. They have resorted to protests and blame game. The issue has become so complicated that the party leadership on Friday was forced to lock the gates of Gandhi Bhavan from inside to prevent any kind of trouble from the dissidents.

According to party sources, there are 130 rebel candidates. The party leadership, it is said, has not made any serious effort to talk to the rebels and convince them to either withdraw or retire from the polls. Neither TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy nor any other senior leader has made any attempt to talk to the rebels and convince them, some of them who came to Gandhi Bhavan on Friday alleged.

A group led by Jyotsna Yadav alleged that the former MP Sarve Satyanarayana was responsible for her not getting the ticket. A man who could not win his seat in Malkajgiri or the Warangal byelection was given importance by the TPCC leadership ignoring her though she was among the people all through and has been the flag-bearer of the party.

She alleged that the seat was sold away for Rs 30 lakhs. It is believed that at least 200 to 250 candidates will remain in fray as independents and thus damaging the prospects of Congress.

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