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AP bypoll: BJP in a flux over fielding candidates

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 15:29

Hyderabad: BJP is facing a dilemma over
contesting the bypolls to seven Assembly constituencies in
Andhra Pradesh scheduled for March 18 as majority of the seats
fall in politically sensitive Telangana region.

Of the seven seats, the party has so far decided to
field candidates only in Mahabubnagar and Kovur.

"We have decided to field candidates in Mahabubnagar
(in Telangana) and Kovur (in coastal Andhra). We are yet to
decide on contesting in the remaining five other seats (all in
Telangana)," BJP state general secretary N Ramachandra Rao

Except Kovur, all other seats -- Mahabubnagar, Kollapur,
Nagarkurnool, Station Ghanpur, Adilabad and Kamareddy -- fall
in Telangana region which has often witnessed turmoil over
separate statehood.

The bypolls in six out of seven constituencies in
Telangana region are necessitated following resignation of the
sitting MLAs in support of separate statehood demand and death
of Mahabubnagar MLA.

The predicament for BJP now is that it would be
accused of letting a split in pro-Telangana votes if it fields
candidates, while it would miss a political opportunity if it
does not take the plunge.

Significantly, BJP is at the forefront of separate
Telangana agitation and it has been a member of the Telangana
political Joint Action Committee (JAC) spearheading the stir.

However, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), which is
also a member of JAC, has announced candidates for all the
seats which has ruffled the feathers of BJP.


First Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 15:29
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