HYDERABAD: Hours after Congress finalised 74 candidates and the seat-sharing pact with allies, there was a widespread dissent in not just Congress but also in Grand Alliance, with leaders from across sections raising a banner of revolt over denial of tickets. Protests marred the preparatory mood in the Congress party with rebels holding agitations in not only Hyderabad but also in Delhi.
While senior leaders like Komatireddy brothers, Ponnala Lakshamiah openly expressed their displeasure, several other ticket aspirants held protests and some have been camping in Delhi. “AICC leaders have repeatedly said social justice would be followed in issuing tickets. But among the total 74 candidates finalised, just 15 to 18 were BCs. If changes are not made, rebels will fight in at least 35 constituencies, marring chances of Grand Alliance candidates,’’ warned a senior Congress leader.
The problem only got bigger for Congress even with its allies expressing displeasure. CPI stated that it would not agree to less than 5 seats and even announced of contesting in Wyra, Kothagudem, Husnabad, Munugode, Bellampalli. TJS and TDP have been haggling for the seats of their choice. With dissent all over, it is unlikely that the Congress’ first list would be announced on Saturday and might be delayed further.