Hyderabad: The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is mulling at finalizing candidates for the potential bye-elections, which are likely to arise as a result of the expulsion of two Congress party MLAs, Komatireddy Venkat Reddy from Nalgonda and Sampath Kumar from Alampoor constituencies. Even as the debate is still alive whether the expulsion is in line with the rules, the ruling party is eyeing to pick strong candidates if the bye-elections arise. However, the Election Commission is yet to take a decision on the issue.
With the latest tussle in the state Assembly, several leaders in the ruling TRS Party are hoping for a ticket to contest in the possible bye-elections. Among the hopefuls, a majority of the candidates are those in the past have shifted to the TRS from other parties and have not contributed to the Telangana agitation.
On the other side, it is widely being reported that the TRS would field Kancharla Bhupal Reddy in the Nalgonda bye-election. Bhupal Reddy, who stood in the third place in the last elections, has contested from the TDP. Keeping in view of his reputation in the constituency, the TRS had invited him into the party and has made him the constituency in-charge. In addition to the various activities that the TRS has taken up in Nalgonda, a "Pragati Sabha" meeting is also being planned to be held on 20th of this month. Speculation is rife that Bhupal Reddy would be announced as the party contestant in that meeting. It is learnt that the TRS top brass is mulling to select candidates for Alampoor constituency also. However, no official announcement has been delivered in regard to the bye-elections.
Minister Jagadish Reddy has expressed confidence over TRS Party's success if a by-election takes place. Speaking to the media here today, the minister said, "We will win by a margin of 40,000 votes in the Nalgonda constituency irrespective of when the bye-elections are announced. Time has come to end 20 years of misrule by sitting MLA Rajagopal Reddy."