Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Congress President
D Srinivas, TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao`s son K T Rama
Rao and popular Telugu comedian Babu Mohan are among the
prominent candidates who are in the fray for bypolls to 12
Assembly seats in Telangana region to be held on Tuesday.
Stakes are high for Srinivas, who is trying his luck
from his traditional Nizambabad Urban constituency, as he had
lost last year`s Assembly election and his win in the current
bypolls will boost his political career.
Srinivas reportedly has made failed attempts to get into
the state Legislative Council and also the Rajya Sabha in the
The senior Congress leader, who won from Nizamabad
numerous times since 1980, is finding the going tough as his
BJP rival Y Lakshminarayana, who defeated him in the last
year`s Assembly election, is riding high on the wave of
Lakshminarayana was one among the 12 MLAs to quit his
post in support of separate Telangana state, which
necessitated the bypoll.
State BJP president G Kishan Reddy, senior party leader
Bangaru Dattatreya and the TRS president campaigned for
Srinivas is, however, seeking to gain people`s confidence
by asserting that he would occupy a "big post" if he wins and
that would eventually be beneficial for the constituency.
TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao`s son K T Rama Rao
is leaving no stone unturned to retain his Sircilla seat in
Rao, a US return technocrat, had won the Sircilla seat
seat by a narrow margin of over 150 votes in last year`s
Assembly election by defeating his rival candidate over
K K Mahender Reddy, who contested as a rebel candidate of TRS.
The ruling Congress has fielded Mahender Reddy this
time too and he is said to be giving sleepless nights to Rama
Siddipet in Medak district is witnessing a clash between
T Harish Rao, nephew of the TRS president, and TDP`s Babu
Mohan, a popular Telugu cinema comedian.
The victory of Harish Rao is considered to be a foregone
conclusion as Siddipet is a hotbed of the Telangana agitation.
However, Babu Mohan and Srinivas Goud of Congress are
trying their best to at least reduce the victory margin of
Harish Rao, who has been winning from Siddipet since 2004.
Another prominent candidate in the fray is Hyderabad
Cricket Association (HCA) president and former minister G
Vinod from Chennur (SC) seat in Adilabad district.
Vinod`s father and Congress Working Committee (CWC)
member G Venkataswamy and his brother G Vivek, sitting
Congress MP, have been campaigning for his victory.
Vinod lost narrowly to his TRS rival N Odelu in the
last year`s general election and he promises to herald faster
development in the backward constituency if he wins this time.
TDP`s Boda Janardhan is also in the fray from the segment.