HYDERABAD: Tension prevailed at Sitaphalmandi in Secunderabad on Sunday when a former municipal corporator, Krishna Murthy, threatened to commit suicide after he had been denied ticket to contest the ensuing elections.
He climbed atop a five-storeyed building while scores of his supporters gathered at the place in an attempt to dissuade him. Some hours later, he gave in. Krishna Murthy, a resident of Sitaphalmandi, is a cable operator and has been a member of the BJP for nearly two decades. He is considered to be close to several BJP leaders at the state level. Murthy said the party leadership had assured him of ticket and he was very confidant of the winning the poll on BJP ticket.
However, the division was reserved for BC women. He then hoped that some female member of his family would get the ticket.
But with the TDP- BJP coalition taking shape, the Sitaphalmandi division (No.145) was left to the TDP which is fielding a woman, M.Keerthi. Depressed over this seat sharing with TDP, Murthy expressed his resentment over the coalition.
Around 5.30 am on Sunday, he climbed to the top floor of the building and locked himself within the grills and threatened to commit suicide demanding justice. His family members pleaded with him not to resort to any extreme act.
“We tried to persuade him to come down but he was not ready. After a few hours of consultations with senior party leaders, he reconciled and climbed down,” said Chilkalguda police inspector K Srinivasulu.