Warangal: Will Dasara bring good luck to TRS leaders?
With the news doing rounds that the Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is likely to fill the nominated posts before the Dasara festival, a host of TRS aspirants who have been waiting in the wings for a long time seem to be upbeat about their chances.
Warangal: With the news doing rounds that the Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is likely to fill the nominated posts before the Dasara festival, a host of TRS aspirants who have been waiting in the wings for a long time seem to be upbeat about their chances.
The erstwhile Warangal district has a lion's share in the State-level Corporation chairman posts. Until recently, 10 out of 39 State-level Corporation chairperson posts were held by the leaders from Warangal. Among those who completed their term as the chiefs of Corporations are Gundu Sudha Rani (Women Cooperative Finance), K Vasudeva Reddy (Vikalangula Cooperative) and D Mohan Gandhi Naik (Girijan Cooperative).
Meanwhile, the terms of Marri Yadava Reddy (KUDA), Kanneboina Rajaiah Yadav (Sheep and Goat Development) and Lingampally Kishan Rao (Agros) are to end in about a week. On the other hand, the chairman post of the Civil Supplies Corporation held by Peddi Sudarshan Reddy is also vacant after he was elected as the Narsampet MLA.
The terms of Yusuf Javeed (Khadi and Village Industries) and Bollam Sampath Kumar (Handicrafts Board) are to end in December. Nagurla Venkateshwarlu who is holding the chairman post of the Farmers Debt Relief Commission has one more year to go.
In all, more than 30 nominated posts of the Cabinet rank are up for grabs, besides a large number of nominated posts of agricultural market and temple committees and cooperative societies. It's learnt that some of the incumbents are trying tooth and nail to get the extension, but barring a few candidates, majority of the previous chairpersons and others in the nominated posts are likely to be replaced.
With just 18 berths in the State Cabinet, it had become a Herculean task for the TRS leadership to accommodate the leaders. Now with the full-fledged State Cabinet in place, the TRS leadership is closely weighing its options to accommodate the senior and key leaders in nominated posts.
It may be mentioned here that TRS leadership had already announced that nominated posts will not be given to MLAs or to those who lost elections. This has given a ray of hope for the senior TRS leaders that this time around they may get a chance.
If the party gives priority to old-timers, Gudimalla Ravi Kumar and Takkallapalli Ravinder Rao are sure to get their due, party sources say. The TRS leadership which so far utilised former minister Basavaraju Saraiah for party services is yet to give him a post.
"If one goes by the words of TRS Working president K T Rama Rao, it's going to be a windfall for the party loyalists. It would also create a sense of confidence among the leaders who have been with the party for a long time," a senior TRS leader told The Hans India.