CM May Not Back Samaikya Congress Rebel RS Candidate - The New Indian Express

CM May Not Back Samaikya Congress Rebel RS Candidate

Published: 25th January 2014 08:59 AM

Last Updated: 25th January 2014 11:34 AM

Will the deafening noice, being made by some of the Seemandhra Congress dissidents on fielding a rebel in the ensuing Rajya Sabha polls against the party’s official nominees, end up as a whimper? Will the warning being given to their Delhi bosses by the protagonists of Seemandhra Congress camp in this regard also turn to be an empty threat like their previous warnings on several issues? Giving scope to this argument, some of the close aides of chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, privy to the happenings in the Seemandhra camp on the issue of fielding a rebel in the Rajya Sabha polls, divulged that Kiran Reddy is discouraging such dissident activities.

Despite the efforts by some of the Seemandhra legislators to field their choice of candidate in the ensuing Rajya Sabha polls, slated for Feb 7, against the party’s official candidates, the chief minister is understood to have decided not to create any embarrassing situation for his Delhi bosses by backing the party ‘rebel’. Instead, he would put in efforts to ensure smooth victory of party’s official nominees, sources said. According to a close aide of Kiran Reddy, though some of the members of his camp are planning to encourage the party’s dissidents to challenge official nominees in the polls, Kiran Reddy is not in such a mood as he does not want to upset the plans of the AICC leadership to nominate party candidates for three seats and helping the TRS win one seat of the six seats, for which polls are going to take place. ‘’It is true that some of the party MLAs from Seemandhra are trying to field their candidate for one seat. But, Kiran is not ready to upset the applecart.

He is defying the party’s T-decision, but at the same time he is a loyal Congressman. He doesn’t want to humiliate the party leadership on other issues including Rajya Sabha polls,” Kiran Reddy’s close aide and party MLA T Jayaprakash Reddy told newsmen in the Assembly lobbies here on Friday. Against this backdrop, minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao and MLA JC Diwakar Reddy held a meeting with ministers Erasu Pratap Reddy and TG Venkatesh and some of the Seemandhra Congress MLAs such as Gade Venkata Reddy in the Assembly lobbies to formulate their strategy. Interestingly, some of the YSRC MLAs such as G Babu Rao also took part in the meeting.

According to a minister, who participated in the meeting, they are planning to field only one candidate as they do not want to split the Samaikyandhra vote by allowing more than one candidates contest these polls to challenge the party’s official nominees. Instead of painting it as an effort only by the fence-sitters in the Seemandhra Congress to corner their party high command, the leaders are understood to have resolved to portray it as a combined effort by the Samaikyandhra protagonists. Thus, they reportedly want to woo the MLAs in Seemandhra belonging to various political hues to vote for their candidate. Dropping hints that he is not seriously considering to stay in the fray, Ganta Srinivasa Rao, soon after the meeting, told scribes that he would decide on contesting the Rajya Sabha polls only after consulting Union minister K Chiranjeevi. He, however, said only one candidate would be in the election fray from the Samaikyandhra camp. Meanwhile, JC Diwakar Reddy said he was contesting the polls and was trying to gather the support of Seemandhra MLAs.

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