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Indecisive TDP may leave TRS, Congress to slug it out in Palair

Indecisive TDP may leave TRS, Congress to slug it out in Palair
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While the two big players – TRS and Congress – will be in the race for the Palair byelections, the Telugu Desam seems to be caught in a dilemma whether “to be or not to be” in the race.

Khammam/ Hyderabad: While the two big players – TRS and Congress – will be in the race for the Palair byelections, the Telugu Desam seems to be caught in a dilemma whether “to be or not to be” in the race.

Since the Election Commission announced the conduct of the bypoll for the Palair constituency which fell vacant after the death of Ramireddy Venkat Reddy of the Congress, Khammam has been witnessing a hectic political activity.

While the TRS has announced the name of Minister for Roads and Buildings Tummala Nageswara Rao, the T Congress on Saturday announced the name of Sucharita Reddy wife of Ramreddy.

After the TRS refused for a unanimous election, the Congress knocked the doors of TDP, CPM, YSRCP and others seeking their support for Sucharita.

It’s apparent that the CPM which is bent up on fielding its candidate turned down the plea of the Congress. When approached by TPCC working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka for the support to the Congress candidate, CPM Telangana State secretary Tammineni Veerabhadram made it clear to him that they would contest the bypoll.

The CPI, according to its district council secretary Bagam Hemanth Rao, would take a decision on the Palair bypoll on Sunday. It appears that both the Congress and the CPM, individually, are hopeful of forging a tie-up with the CPI.

Albeit the TDP cadres have a huge confidence that they could upset the applecart of the ruling TRS, the crux of the matter is whether the TDP will contest the election or not. It may be mentioned here that TDP has a strong base in the constituency.

Even after holding a meeting with the senior leaders Revanth Reddy, L Ramana, Nama Nageswar Rao and Sandra Venkata Veeraiah, the TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu is reportedly undecided. This apart, highly-placed source said that the TDP was also examining the option of supporting the Congress candidate following a plea from the TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy.

“A clear picture will emerge in a couple of days,” a senior leader of the TDP said, however, indicating that in all probability the party was likely to support the nominee of the Congress. In that case, Tummala would have an advantage, he said, referring to the huge chunk of votes of a particular community that usually backs TDP in the constituency.

The argument is that when Nama Nageswar Rao or any other nominee of the TDP is not in the fray, the community voters invariably support Tummala Nageswar Rao, the TRS nominee.

While Bhatti Vikramarka told The Hans India: “The YSRCP has accepted to extend their support to the Congress.” Sucharita Reddy said that she was confident of winning the elections.

The party leadership as well as the cadre was strongly behind her. The people of Palair had always blessed their family and she was sure that in this hour of crisis also they would stand by her and the Congress party, she said.

Though she was never in active politics, she had campaigned for her husband in 2009 and 2014 elections and maintains a rapport with the party cadre.

She would go to the people assuring them that she would carry forward the good work taken up by her husband. She would be filing the nominations in about two days time, she said.

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