Telangana polls: Is blue-eyed boy Uttam Kumar Reddy the chief minister face of People’s Front?

While the details of his conversations are not known, senior party leaders say that he was briefed about steps to be taken in case of a hung verdict on Tuesday.

Published: 11th December 2018 04:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th December 2018 04:40 AM   |  A+A-

Uttam Kumar Reddy

TPCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy (Photo| EPS/R Satish Babu)

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD:  Is Nalamada Uttam Kumar Reddy the People’s Front’s Chief Minister face? With Assembly election results just hours away, this is the question on the lips of Congress members in the State. While the party’s cadre was busy preparing for the counting, Reddy on Monday got summoned by the High Command to Delhi. The dutiful Congressman made a quick trip to hold discussions with AICC president Rahul Gandhi, senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Ghelot.

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While the details of his conversations are not known, senior party leaders say that he was briefed about steps to be taken in case of a hung verdict on Tuesday. Sources say that Rahul Gandhi is in favour of Reddy getting the big post.

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Blue-eyed boy

It is said that Uttam Kumar Reddy has always been the blue-eyed boy of the Gandhis. Reddy is credited by many for transforming the party into a credible Opposition to TRS after a disastrous performance in 2014. He is likely to be Telangana Congress’ hero if the party performs well today. The four-time legislator from Huzurnagar has been leading Telangana Congress since 2014, first as a working president and then as its president. 

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He has served as a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force. He has also been a minister in united Andhra Pradesh party and represented the Telangana region in an all party meeting held by then Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in January 2011 to discuss the Sri Krishna Committee report on separate Statehood. If he wins today, it will be his fifth victory.

However, sources say Congress high command is also exploring other candidates for the job as Reddy might not be an agreeable choice for everyone, some of them harbouring ambitions of their own. 


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