Cong in tricky position as Kadapa candidate refuses to contest

Last Updated: Thursday, April 7, 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.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 23:59

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