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Revanth riddle: What happens if he enters Nalgonda fray

Revanth riddle: What happens if he enters Nalgonda fray
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The Telangana Telugu Desam president Revanth Reddy is all set to enter the electoral fray from Nalgonda should the seat witness a byelection in the...

Hyderabad: The Telangana Telugu Desam president Revanth Reddy is all set to enter the electoral fray from Nalgonda should the seat witness a byelection in the eventuality of resignation by sitting MP Gutha Sukender Reddy, who is likely to play a significant role in the State farm sector.

Speculation is rife in political circles that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao may appoint Gutha as head of the proposed ‘Farmers’ Coordination Committee’ with Cabinet rank, thereby turning the Nalgonda bypoll into a Nandyal-type political booster for the ruling TRS.

The talk of Revanth entering the fray assumes significance because of new and emerging political equations in the State. The Congress and the TDP recently announced their joint support to the CPI-backed trade union -- All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) -- in the upcoming elections to the Singareni Collieries Trade Union. The united fight is to thwart the chances of the ruling TRS-backed trade union.

Political observers feel that the new bonhomie is a precursor to the possible emergence of a new edition of Mahakutami or a Bihar-type Mahagathbandhan in Telangana comprising the Congress, TDP and CPI.

However, certain Nalgonda-specific political conditions pose challenges to the united opposition fight in the byelection there, though the State may witness Opposition unity in the 2019 polls. Nalgonda is the sitting seat of the Congress. The party MP, Gutha, later defected to the TRS. The Congress cannot give away its sitting seat to the TDP. Moreover, Nalgonda is the home turf of PCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy.

Supposedly, in case of Revanth winning the seat as a joint Opposition nominee, he will have chances of getting inducted into the Union Council of Ministers led by Narendra Modi due to the alliance between the TDP and BJP at the national level though the TDP and BJP are no longer allies in the state. The possibility of united Opposition MP joining the Modi ministry is unpalatable for the Congress that remains the principal opponent for the ruling BJP in national politics.

The Left parties have a sizable presence in Nalgonda. In fact, all India general secretary of the CPI Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy represented Nalgonda in the Lok Sabha when the Left had a tie-up with the TDP in the united Andhra Pradesh. The CPI is likely to be part of any possible Mahagathbandhan led by the Congress in 2019. Will the CPI leave the Nalgonda seat in the bypoll as any claim now will at least ensure the seat for it in the Opposition alliance in future?

The CPI(M) has clearly indicated that it would not have any electoral alliance with the Congress. The party is unlikely to join any Congress-led Mahagathbandhan even in 2019 unless the party alters its political tactical line in the party All India Congress to be held in Hyderabad in 2018. Therefore, the CPI(M) will most likely be in the fray even if the Congress and CPI decides to back Revanth Reddy. (NRSS)

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