TRS makes early moves to strengthen base
Notwithstanding the fact that it has 30 out of 35 Assembly seats, including the turncoats, spread across the undivided districts of Warangal, Karimnagar and Khammam in its kitty, the ruling TRS seems to be in a huddle to fortify its base ahead of next elections.
Warangal/Karimnagar/Khammam: Notwithstanding the fact that it has 30 out of 35 Assembly seats, including the turncoats, spread across the undivided districts of Warangal, Karimnagar and Khammam in its kitty, the ruling TRS seems to be in a huddle to fortify its base ahead of next elections.
Besides wooing the key leaders with nominated posts, the party functionaries in a measured move have now appointed in-charges to all the constituencies.
The gale of defection to the ruling TRS that started soon after 2014 elections has certainly orphaned the Opposition as it now left with just five legislators across the three districts - Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, T Jeevan Reddy (Congress), Sunnam Rajaiah (CPM), Sandra Venkata Veeraiah (TDP) and Donthi Madhava Reddy (Independent).
It may be noted here that TRS had a landslide victory in Karimnagar winning 12 out of 13, and eight of the 12 seats in Warangal district. Later, two TDP and one Congress MLAs in Warangal defected to TRS.
On the other hand, the TRS, which clinched lone Kothagudem seat in 2014, and subsequently Palair by-poll, has also added five defectors – YSRC – 3, Congress – 2.
Against this backdrop, the TRS-appointed TSIIC Chairman Gyadari Balamallu, party’s general secretaries Baswaraj Saraiah and Takkallapally Ravinder Rao as the in-charges of Warangal, Karimnagar and Khammam districts (undivided) respectively. This apart, the party also appointed constituency-wise in charges also.
Apparently, the ruling party has done a lot of homework while appointing the in-charges. Balamallu who was associated with carrying the membership drive in the region has been made Warangal in-charge.
Former Minister Baswaraj Saraiah of Warangal has been appointed as the in-charge of neighbouring Karimnagar.
Speaking to The Hans India, Takkallapally Ravinder Rao, who was appointed as the in-charge of Khammam district, said: “It may not be an issue to work with the leaders of Khammam district. My experience of working with several leaders in Khammam when I was TDP district in-charge will come in handy. It’s a bit of challenge as well to coordinate with the leaders of various parties who later joined TRS.”
Karimnagar: Police Housing Corporation chairman Koleti Damodar Gupta (Huzurabad, Husnabad and Manakondur seats); MLC T Bhanu Prasad Rao (Sircilla, Vemulawada, Korutla and Jagtial); Guduri Praveen (Karimnagar, Dharmapuri and Choppadandi).
Warangal: Adavalli Krishna Reddy (Warangal East, West and Parkal); MLC B Venkateshwarlu (Narsampet, Bhupalpally and Mulugu); party State secretary M Samuel (Mahabubabad, Dornakal and Palakurthy); State secretary Maloth Kavitha (Station Ghanpur, Janagaon and Wardhannapet).
Khammam: Party State secretary T Madhusudhan (Khammam, Palair, Madhira and Wyra); Dr Tellam Venkat Rao (Bhadrachalam, Pinapaka and Aswaraopet); N Naresh Reddy (Kothagudem, Yellandu, Sathupalli).