Congress Candidates Denied Ticket In Telengana Likely To Contest As Independents

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New Delhi: Congress’s first list of 65 candidates for Telangana Assembly elections triggered protests from aspirants. They have either quit the party or plan to contest election as independent candidates. Some have even rushed to Delhi to pressure the high command to ensure their re-nomination.

The dissatisfaction comes as Congress has tried to accommodate leaders from alliance partners, especially TDP and Telangana Jana Samithi, among others.The party high command is set to release a second list in a day or two.

Former Pradesh Congress Committee president Ponnala Lakshmaiah was shocked to find his name missing as his constituency Jangaon was allotted to Telangana Jana Samithi president M Kodandaram.

He took the first flight to New Delhi on Tuesday morning to pressure party high command to make changes in the seat sharing with the alliance partner and ensure his re-nomination from Jangaon.

“I have been in politics for the last 35 years and a strong loyalist of the Congress. Denial of ticket to an OBC candidate like me to accommodate a Reddy candidate would cause immense damage to the party,” he said.

Unconfirmed reports from the Congress said Kodandaram agreed to drop out from the contest from Jangaon in favour of Lakshmaiah and was contemplating contesting from another suitable constituency.

According to a senior party leader, the second list would have 15 names and in the final list, which would be released shortly, the remaining 14 names, mostly from Other Backward Classes would be included.

Another senior Congress leader and former minister Vijaya Rama Rao who was denied party ticket from Station Ghanpur constituency, announced that he would contest as an independent.

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