Hyderabad MLC poll: TRS drags its feet on entering the fray | Hyderabad NewsFebruary 16, 2021
HYDERABAD: TRS is in a dilemma over fielding a candidate in Hyderabad-Rangareddy-Mahbubnagar Graduates’ constituency election.
A notification for two graduate constituencies —Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda (WKN) and Hyderabad-Rangareddy-Mahbubnagar (HRM) — might be issued on Tuesday.
Though all other major parties — Congress and BJP — have announced their candidates, the ruling party has not announced candidate for the HRM constituency yet.
Sources said the party leadership has not been able to decide on fielding a candidate in the Hyderabad constituency. For Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda seat, the party has already declared current MLC Palla Rajeshwar Reddy as its candidate.
Congress has named Ramulu Naik and G Chinna Reddy as its candidates for WKN and HRM seats respectively. BJP on Monday declared G Premender Reddy and N Ramchander Rao as it candidates officially for the two seats.
“Some top leaders are of the opinion that the party should not contest and support former MLA Prof K Nageshwar, backed by some trade unions and left parties. Nageshwar has already announced that he will contest as an independent candidate. But some ministers, especially from Mahbubnagar and Rangareddy districts are insisting the party contest the election,” a senior TRS leader told TOI.
Explaining reasons for their dilemma over contesting the Hyderabad graduates’ constituency, party leaders said if the party losses, opposition parties might take advantage and start a smear campaign against TRS that it was losing ground. If it does not contest also, opposition parties would claim the party was scared of defeat and stayed away from contesting.
As TRS is taking its own time on taking a decision on the contest, aspirants are worried as there is a little time for campaigning. “There are 36 assembly constituencies in the three districts — Hyderabad-Rangareddy-Mahbubnagar. Covering all the segments is a herculean task for any aspirant in the short time apart from meeting and holding discussions with various unions,” an aspirant told TOI.