Hyderabad: Congress party that has been bleeding with one after another of its MLAs announcing their intention to join the TRS in the past couple of weeks, on Saturday received body blows from within, this time on the issue of candidate selection for the Lok Sabha elections.
On Saturday, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary and official spokesperson Krishnak announced his resignation from the post and party over selection of A Revanth Reddy as the party candidate for LS polls from Malkajgiri constituency.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that one of Telangana Congress’ senior most leaders, Ponnala Laxmaiah, took AICC general secretary and Telangana affairs in-charge RC Khuntia to task over selection of candidates for the upcoming elections.
Krishank announcing his resignation over the party said it was incomprehensible how the party chose A Revanth Reddy, an accused in the cash-for-vote case, as its candidate from Malkajgiri Lok Sabha constituency. He also said leaders picking the final candidates ignored party leaders who have been working hard for Congress and instead were giving tickets to questionable candidates.
Elsewhere, Congress Legislature Party leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, battling with his back to the wall to protect his flock in the Assembly, declared a ‘war’ on Telangana Rashtra Samiti and vowed to ‘expose’ the ruling party for its ‘undemocratic methods’ of luring Congress MLAs into its fold.
It is learnt that Ponnala, called Khuntia and made it clear that AICC was making a mockery of candidate selection process. Ponnala reportedly told Khuntia that if AICC wanted to take decisions on its own, there was no need for the charade of seeking applications from prospective candidates.
Khuntia was apparently given an earful on how TPCC’s State election committee discussed merits and demerits of candidates and even agreed to add to the shortlist some names of leaders who did not file a formal application for LS tickets. Questioning giving tickets to five persons who lost elections, Ponnala is learnt to asked Khuntia why AICC was violating its own decision taken not to field losing candidates in the polls.
Even more hurting Telangana Congress is the reported complaint that TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy was behaving like an autocrat and was completely ignoring senior leaders and does not take their phone calls or even respond to repeated messages. It may be recalled that even the Munogode MLA Komatireddy Venkat Reddy only recently called for a change in party leadership in the State.