Cong in tricky position as Kadapa candidate refuses to contest
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 07, 2011, 23:59
Hyderabad: The ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh today landed in a tricky situation as the candidate it chose to field for the Kadapa Lok Sabha by-election refused to jump into the fray.

After a desperate search for an ideal candidate, the Congress decided to field Kandula Rajamohan Reddy against YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in Kadapa after he formally joined the party this afternoon along with his brother Kandula Sivananda Reddy.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and AP Congress Committee president D Srinivas chose Rajamohan as the party nominee from Kadapa and even forwarded his name to the high command for approval.

The Congress initially wanted to officially announce Rajamohan's candidature today but has now put off the decision.

Rajamohan, however, reportedly refused to contest against Jagan unless his brother Sivananda was made a member of AP legislative council. This put the Congress in a fix as there is opposition from within the party against conceding to the demand.

"How can a person, who switched sides from the TDP, be straightaway made an MLC?" questioned a senior Congress MLA from Kadapa district.

Congress cadres in Kadapa are also said to be not favourably inclined towards Rajamohan's candidature and made their opposition known to the state party leaders.

However, the Chief Minister is said to be firm on fielding Rajamohan saying he alone could give a tough fight to Jagan in the current situation.

Kiran is reportedly trying to convince party leaders from Kadapa to accept his choice.

State Health Minister D L Ravindra Reddy, who himself refused to fight Jagan in Kadapa, and senior MLA Veerasiva Reddy went to Rajamohan Reddy's residence here in a bid to prevail upon him to re-consider his decision and contest the by-election.

Congress sources say the deadlock is expected to be broken by tomorrow and Rajamohan's candidature would be formally announced.


First Published: Thursday, April 07, 2011, 23:59

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