HYDERABAD: Release of “recorded voice” on “sale of tickets”, and protests from Galli to Delhi on non-allotment of seats marred the Congress camp on Thursday.
Rangareddy District Congress Committee (DCC) president Kyama Mallesh released the “recorded voice” purportedly of a conversation between his son Anjan and Sagar, son of Congress screening committee chairman Bhakta Charan Das regarding allotment of tickets. According to Mallesh, his son Anjan spoke to Sagar and ‘they demanded Rs 3 crore for allotting Ibrahimpatnam Assembly ticket’. Speaking to reporters, Mallesh alleged that “brokers” and “coverts” in Congress are ‘selling party tickets’ without the knowledge of AICC president Rahul Gandhi.
“I have informed TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy and State Congress affairs in-charge RC Khuntia of the same. They have asked me not to make the issue public,” Mallesh said.
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All praise for TRS
Meanwhile, Mallesh heaped praised on TRS for allotting more number of seats to Backward Classes (BCs) than Congress did.
“Injustice was done to Yadavas and Kurumas in Congress. I lost my wife, money and career in Congress,” Mallesh said.
Meanwhile, another senior Congress leader P Karthik Reddy, son of former Home Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy, sent his resignation to the party as an active member and also as a member of the Congress campaign committee.
He asked the party high command either to accept his resignation or allot Rajendra Nagar Assembly seat. Rajendra Nagar seat was allotted to TDP.
Dharna at Rahul’s residence
Meanwhile, former GHMC Mayor Banda Karthika Reddy, who was denied the Secunderabad Assembly seat, staged a protest in front of AICC president Rahul Gandhi’s residence in Delhi on Thursday. Reddy wondered whether women were not eligible to contest in the election. The ticket was given to senior leader Sarve Sathyanarayana.
Several other leaders, including Keerthi Rajender Raju demanding Yakutpura Assembly seat, A Revanth Reddy’s follower Jangaiah Yadav demanding Medchal Assembly seat and Singireddy Rohin Reddy demanding Khairatabad Assembly seat also expressed their displeasure with the party.
Revanth alleges CEO, DGP favouring TRS
Working president of TPCC A Revanth Reddy has alleged that both Telangana CEO and the DGP Police are supporting TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao and his party. Reddy told reporters that he met EC officials three times and submitted complaints on the MCC violations by TRS. He also claimed to have been attacked by policemen in Kodangal.
Giant-killer stages dharna
Do you remember the giant-killer who defeated TDP founder NT Rama Rao in Kalwakurthy Assembly segment in 1989 elections? Chittaranjan Das, the giant-killer, staged a dharna in front of Gandhi Bhavan on Thursday, expressing his resentment at ‘Backward Class (BC) leaders being sidelined while only Reddys dominatingthe roost’. Das was unhappy over the decision to not give tickets to leaders like V Hanumantha Rao and Ponnala Laxmaiah.
Ticket to a Nandamuri
Hyderabad: Former Minister and senior TDP leader E Peddi Reddy was reportedly unhappy with the party’s decision to field Nandamuri Suhasini, daughter of N Harikrishna, from Kukatpally. Suhasini met TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu in Visakhapatnam on Thursday and Naidu cleared her candidature. However, the TDP had reportedly assured Reddy that he would get Kukatpally instead of his segment Huzurabad, whichhas been allotted to Congress
Kamma leader elevated
Congress on Thursday named Jetti Kusum Kumar as the working president of Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC). The Congress took this decision to pacify the feelings of the party’s Kamma community leaders, who were unhappy with the party’s decision not to include any of their names in the first two lists of candidates announced ahead of December 7 elections. However, TRS leaders criticised the move since Kusum Kumar has allegedly been named in a ‘passport scam’.