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Congress leaders' kin vie for Lok Sabha seats in Telangana; Khammam, Nalgonda hot favs

With Congress being on the upswing after stupendous victory in last year's assembly elections, there is a lot of demand for party tickets to contest in the Lok Sabha polls.
Last Updated 25 February 2024, 04:33 IST

Hyderabad: In at least three of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana there is intense competition amongst the Congress leaders' kin to contest in the upcoming general elections.

With Congress being on the upswing after stupendous victory in last year's assembly elections, there is a lot of demand for party tickets to contest in the Lok Sabha polls.

As many as 306 aspirants have submitted their applications seeking party tickets to contest from 17 Lok Sabha seats. Among all 17 seats, there is intense competition for Nalgonda and Khammam seats in south Telangana. Congress swept all the assembly segments that come under both Nalgonda and Khammam Lok Sabha segments.

For the Khammam seat, deputy chief minister Bhatti Vikramarka's wife Nandini had applied. To submit the application she visited the party office with a huge rally. I & PR minister, Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy who was instrumental in Congress sweeping all the assembly segments in Khammam is vying for Khammam ticket for his brother Prasad Reddy.

Srinivas Reddy is known to have the capability of employing all the resources to win an election. Another minister from the district Tummala Nageswara Rao wants the Khammam seat for his son Yugandhar. Interestingly, Congress heavy weight, Renuka Chowdhary who was a strong contender for the seat had withdrawn from the race as she was nominated to Rajya Sabha recently by the party high command. An industrialist Rajendra Prasad is also seeking Khammam ticket.

Former minister K Jana Reddy's son Raghuveer Reddy, Minister Komatireddy Venkat Reddy's daughter, Srinidhi Reddy, former minister R Damodar Reddy's son Sarvottam Reddy are all vying for Nalgonda seat. Patel Ramesh Reddy who was denied Suryapet assembly ticket last year was promised Nalgonda Lok Sabha seat by the party central leadership. He is pinning hopes on the party high command's assurance.

For Medak seat, Mynampally Haumantha Rao who lost in the last year assembly polls, former Sangareddy MLA Jaggareddy's wife Nirmala or daughter Jaya Reddy are vying.

MLA G Vivek's son Vamsikrishna is seeking Peddapalli seat. Whereas sitting BRS MP, Venkatesh Netha who had joined congress recently is also seeking the ticket.

Vikarabad ZP chairperson Patnam Suneetha Reddy who had recently joined congress is an aspirant for Chevella seat. For Mahbubabad seat former union minister, R Balaram Naik is a strong aspirant. Former state youth congress president, Challa Vamsichand Reddy is seeking Mahbubnagar seat.

Mallu Ravi and Dr SA Sampath Kumar are vying for Nagarkurnool seat. MLC T Jeevan Reddy and former MLA Praveen Reddy are vying for Nizamabad seat.

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(Published 25 February 2024, 04:33 IST)

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