Party leaders disappointed with first list of candidates by Congress, TDP
Discontent surfaced over the first list of candidates announced by Congress and TDP for the coming Telangana assembly polls with aspirants who failed to get the berth crying foul and supporters of some staging protests Tuesday.
Former PCC president Ponnala Lakshmaiah, who had also served as a minister in Congress governments till 2014, rushed to Delhi as his name was not part of the first list. Congress declared its first list of 65 nominees late on Monday.
Bikshapati Yadav, former MLA from Serilingampalli seat Hyderabad, was disappointed as his constituency had been alloted to the TDP, a partner in the Congress-led alliance.
Saying that he has already conducted a 'padayatra' in the constituency, he wondered whether this was the recognition one gets for having worked for the party.
"Is this the result the party gives for having served it?" he asked talking to reporters here. Congress president Rahul Gandhi had earlier talked about not giving tickets to those "who land in a parachute" at the time of elections but "what happened now", he said.
Demonstrations were held in some places in the state by supporters of some aspirants. Asserting that Congress would form the government after the assembly elections, former MP and AICC secretary Madhu Yashki Goud said all the Congress aspirants would get due recognition and respect.
Congress is part of the "grand alliance" for the December 7 elections to the 119-member assembly. The alliance comprises Congress, TDP, CPI and Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS).
Congress has decided to leave 25 seats to its allies -- 14 to TDP, eight to TJS and three to CPI. TDP has also released its first list of nine candidates late Monday night. A group of supporters of an aspirant for Serilingampalli segment held a protest against the TDP ticket being alloted to Bhavya Anand Prasad. Holding placards, they raised slogans that their leader is made the nominee.
The process of filing nominations began Monday with the Election Commission issuing the poll notification. Meanwhile, the supporters of a TRS aspirant from Khairatabad constituency in Hyderabad held a protest, seeking ticket for their leader.
(With inputs from agencies.)