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MLC hopefuls line up at Pragathi Bhavan

Published: 15th Nov 2021 10:50 pm

Hyderabad: Speculations are rife over TRS candidatures for the six MLC seats under MLAs’ quota as several TRS leaders made a beeline to Pragathi Bhavan on Monday, on the eve of the last date for submission of nominations on Tuesday. The polling for biennial elections of the six MLC seats is scheduled to be held on November 29.

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Since Monday morning, TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao held a brainstorming session with the party leaders ahead of deciding the party candidates for the MLC seats. TRS working president and Minister KT Rama Rao along with Finance and Health Minister T Harish Rao, Legislative Affairs Minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy and other senior leaders attended the meeting. The TRS president is also likely to finalise the name of the MLC under the Governor’s quota.

Sources said the Council’s former Chairman Gutha Sukhender Reddy along with former MLCs Kadiyam Srihari and Akula Lalitha are likely to be retained. Further, the party leadership is learnt to have asked aspirants MC Koti Reddy, Padi Kaushik Reddy, Thakkellapalli Ravinder Rao, Telangana State SC and ST Commission’s former chairman Errolla Srinivas to remain available for the party leadership. Former Siddipet District Collector P Venkatrami Reddy, who resigned to the post and is expected to join TRS shortly, is also being considered for MLC seat.

The six MLC seats under MLAs’ quota fell vacant on June 3 this year and the elections scheduled to be held in May were postponed in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. The six MLCs whose term expired on June 3 this year are the Council’s former Chairman Gutha Sukhender Reddy, Deputy Chairman Neti Vidyasagar, Kadiyam Srihari, Akula Lalitha, Mohd Fareeduddin and Bodakunti Venkateshwarlu, all from the ruling TRS.

The election notification was released on November 9. The polling will be held from 9 am to 4 pm on November 29, followed by counting of votes from 5 pm onwards and the results will be announced immediately thereafter. The elections will be held in strict adherence to Covid-19 protocol.

While the TRS party is confident of retaining all the seats, the Opposition parties are planning to win at least a couple of seats. With around 103 MLAs, TRS is well supported by 7 MLAs of AIMIM in the Assembly. As a result, the Opposition parties have nearly zero chances of winning the six MLC seats under the MLAs’ quota.

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