Hyderabad: The Congress was on Thursday rocked by protests by supporters and ticket seekers who were called to New Delhi by the party leadership to inform them that they did not make the cut. The party called several of the aspirants, particularly from the backward communities to Delhi in a bid to placate them and reduce potential dissidence that it feared would derail the prospects of its candidates in the coming elections.
Despite efforts by party leaders – who had a few days ago decided to offer counselling for such rejected candidates – to convince those left out that they would be offered other positions if the party comes to power, many of those called to Delhi gathered near the party headquarters and protested at their demands being ignored.
At Gandhi Bhavan too, there have been protests over the past couple of days with some leaders and their supporters making their resentment felt over being ignored by the party as its candidates.
Worried over the fallout of such protests, Telangana Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Thursday appealed for calm among his party leaders and workers, particularly among ticket seekers.
His appeal for calm came in the wake of protests at Gandhi Bhavan here by some ticket aspirants and many others taking this battle to New Delhi to protest outside the Congress office where party leaders grappled all day to conclude candidates selections as well as seat-sharing with TDP, TJS and CPI.
“Lists of names doing the rounds in the media are made up, imaginary and not true,” he said.