Hyderabad: Telangana Congress on Friday appeared headed into serious trouble barely a month away from the December 7 elections to the State Legislative Assembly with protests rocking party offices in New Delhi and in the State capital. Everyone it appears, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, was upset at the candidates selection, with the latter reportedly expressing severe displeasure at Telangana Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy for not recommending the name of even a single student leader for the party ticket.
Among those who threatened the party with dire consequences were working president A Revanth Reddy, former State unit president Ponnala Laxmaiah and party leader from Nalgonda district Komatireddy Venkat Reddy.
Venkat Reddy declared that if the Nakrekal seat was allotted to anyone other than his close follower Chirumarthi Lingaiah, he would not hesitate to withdraw from the elections. He warned that giving the ticket to Telangana Inti Party’s Ch Sudhakar would severely harm the party. On Thursday, AICC secretary in-charge of TS affairs R C Khuntia had announced in New Delhi that Nakrekal would be given to Sudhakar.
Ponnala Laxmaiah, who believed that his contesting from Jangaon constituency was a foregone conclusion, was also peeved. This follows Congress announcing on Thursday night that Janagaon has been given to Telangana Jana Samiti as part of seat-sharing. Similarly, in New Delhi, Revanth Reddy threatened to pull out of all election-related activity including contesting from Kodangal if seven of his followers are not given tickets. This was an assurance, he is learnt to have told the party high command that was given to him when he joined the Congress.