HYDERABAD: Ending days of drama, doubts and discussions, Congress party on Thursday said that it would announce its candidates for 74 constituencies on November 10. It is learnt that Congress High Command also finalised seat sharing agreement among parties in the Grand Alliance by allotting 14 seats to TDP, 8 to TJS, 3 to CPI and is considering allotting one seat to Telangana Inti Party. Congress itself will contest in about 93 seats. While TJS is happy with the deal, CPI is reportedly upset about it.
AICC’s Central Election Committee met at Sonia Gandhi’s residence in Delhi on Thursday. The final seat allocation came after an extensive exercise by the Congress High Command. “The Central Election Committee also cleared names of 74 candidates today. The list of these candidates will be announced on November 10. The candidates for remaining constituencies will be decided after discussing with Rahul Gandhi on Sunday or Monday,” said party’s in-charge for Telangana RC Khuntia. It is learnt that Khuntia and TPCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy will travel to Dubai on Thursday to campaign among NRIs. The list will be released after they return.
Telangana TDP leaders hold discussion with Naidu
TTDP president L Ramana, senior leader Ravula Chandrashekar Reddy dashed off to AP capital Amaravati to hold discussions with TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu on finalisation of its candidates. “We discussed with Chandrababu Naidu today about it and hope to finalise our strategy in the next two days,” said Ramana, speaking to the press.
Cong begins dealing with dissent
Hyderabad: Congress, is expecting some dissidence within party in the coming days. As a preventive measure, high command has started speaking to leaders who might not get tickets and convince them to work for the victory of Grand Alliance candidates. A screening committee, headed by Bhakta Charan Das interacted with several leaders from the State to pacify them.