BJP says no to TRS request

BJP says no to TRS request
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As the TRS district leaders making claims on positive response from BJP state president K Laxman to unanimously elect TRS candidate for GWMC 44th ward by-election, the district BJP leaders are refuting such claims.

Hanamkonda: As the TRS district leaders making claims on positive response from BJP state president K Laxman to unanimously elect TRS candidate for GWMC 44th ward by-election, the district BJP leaders are refuting such claims.

It may be noted that the TRS leaders have been calling on Opposition party leaders seeking them to elect TRS candidate Anishetty Saritha unanimously on sympathetic grounds. The seat has fallen vacant following the murder of her husband, Anishetty Murali, a few months ago.

On Wednesday, Warangal (West) MLA D Vinay Bhasker and others met Laxman in Hyderabad and asked him to extend his party’s cooperation to elect TRS candidate Anishetty Saritha unopposed. A statement from the party said BJP state chief responded positively.

Nonetheless, Bharatiya Janata Party Warangal urban district president Rao Padma made it clear that their party candidate K Santhosh Reddy is very much in the field. She denied the TRS’s claims on the BJP chief’s reported consent to consider that party’s request.

Padma informed that she along with the party leaders have called on Laxman at the State capital on Wednesday and have obtained B-form for the party nominee. “The party chief told us to intensify our election campaign and need not worry about the sympathy factor,” she told The Hans India.

Referring to TRS leaders’ appeal that the by-poll should be unanimous, she told them to introspect what their party did when the Opposition parties made a similar request during the by-polls to Narayankhed and Palair assembly seats fallen vacant as sitting Congress MLAs died.

In both the cases, despite requests by Congress for unanimous election, the ruling TRS fielded its candidates. In Palair by-poll, TDP and YSRCP supported Congress nominee Sucharitha Reddy, the widow of ex-MLA Ramreddy Venkatreddy, but the TRS fielded its nominee, Padma explained.

In that back drop, how could now the TRS leaders ask that the 44th ward by-poll be unanimous, she posed and appealed the voters to elect BJP candidate as there is a need for strong opposition in the GWMC to speak about public issues.

Door-to-door visit in the ward is completed covering 90 per cent of the households. There is a positive response to the party campaigning from the voters in the ward. BJP candidate would submit his nomination papers on December 29, she added.

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