Hyderabad: It’s only apt that the Grand Outdated Get together has a de facto prelims methodology of the American politics at work to determine on the subsequent Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) chief, after its present incumbent Uttam Kumar Reddy, the one recognized adorned armed forces officer in politics, took duty and resigned after a collection of dismal electoral debacles.
Underneath Uttam Kumar Reddy, the Congress has not didn’t unseat the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), however has even misplaced the suitable to be known as its principal challenger, that mantle now having shifted to the Hindutva occasion.
The free for all combat is on, maybe the one deserving wager within the nation to be accused rightfully of “an excessive amount of democracy”, with every candidate, a lot to the chagrin of the excessive command, going all out in lobbying for the publish with senior Congress leaders in Delhi, writing letters to the excessive command, and operating social media campaigns or leaking info in opposition to one another to their favorite media outlet.
A day after AICC in-charge Manickam Tagore reportedly submitted his ‘findings’, collating opinions of a variety of leaders on who they like as the subsequent TPCC president, severe leaders who’re anticipating a publish landed within the nationwide capital on Wednesday for lobbying.
The excessive command has two essential axes of dilemma, as per sources. One, ought to or not it’s a Reddy or a non-Reddy candidate who will lead the Congress from hereon, and two, when ought to the announcement be made.
The timing is essential with experiences that the by-election to the Nagarjunsagar Meeting polls could happen in February, coinciding with the Tirupati Lok Sabha by-poll in AP. Ought to the brand new president be named earlier than, giving him too little time or to the combat the ballot underneath present situation.
The Reddy query is much extra vexatious. The occasion has realised that the Reddy neighborhood, which is about eight to 9 odd proportion of the voters, however its leaders are usually not in a position to get the votes. The Reddy neighborhood, principally landed farmers, had moved in direction of TRS after it carried out the Rythu Bandhu scheme, and is now very quickly gravitating in direction of a resurgent BJP.
Non-Reddy leaders argue that with Reddy voters having left the occasion, the most effective probability for revival of the occasion lies in tapping the SC, ST, and OBCs, which together with attempting to faucet the minorities, is the most effective wager for the Congress.
Nevertheless, the clout of the Reddy leaders within the occasion is seen. First amongst equals, and the principal contender, is Lok Sabha Member of Parliament, a four-time MLA, who famously resigned from ministership for Telangana agitation, Komatreddy Venkat Reddy. A life-long Congressman, he has risen the ranks from NSUI and Youth Congress.
He reportedly met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former president Rahul Gandhi individually in New Delhi, urgent for his candidature. Later, chatting with media at Janpath, he stated that he had requested the occasion chief to present hardworking occasion loyalists an opportunity, so the occasion can come again to energy in Telangana.
Sources within the Congress occasion say that in excessive command evaluation, whereas Komat Reddy is able to main individuals and elevating funds, he has the behavior of shoot-off his mouth and maybe lacks the maturity and stability to construct a consensus and take everybody alongside.
“Nobody is a chief contender,” a senior Congress chief and union minister within the UPA decade of energy stated. “Get together is in search of options throughout all sections of society, Reddy or SC or BC. Primarily based on the suggestions from AICC in-charge, different AICC secretaries, an unbiased examine, the excessive command has shortlisted a panel. However it’s a very lengthy panel proper now, with most severe contenders being within the fray.”
The second title being touted is Jana Reddy, previously dwelling minister and whose management could be acceptable to everybody. Given the Nagarjunsagar byelection slated forward, which the occasion should win to stay in rivalry for the state politics severely, rising his ire may result in dropping him, his son and the Meeting bypoll.
“Jana Reddy is a non-controversial chief. However nobody will belief him to steer the occasion and defeat the KCR household. Different names embody Jeevan Reddy, at the moment MLC and a six-term MLA, who may be very acceptable however the occasion doesn’t assume he has the power to lift assets for elections. One other title is Marri Shashidhar Reddy, for whom the Gandhi household has a comfortable nook. He’s extremely revered, may be very environment friendly and may use his information in cornering opponents in debates on essential points. However age is a priority for all of the three leaders,” the previous union minister stated.
Moreover Jagga Reddy, an additionally ran, is one other severe contender and currenly occasion working president and MP A. Revanth Reddy, whose it’s rumoured is the the favorite of AICC in-charge Manickam Tagore, who revealed he’s greater than fortunately gunning for Revanth, when he stated, “new TPCC president will probably be introduced in New 12 months with naya josh.”
“Revanth has charisma, glamour and in standard notion, a powerful anti-KCR voice. He has seen attraction amongst youth, particularly the Reddy youth. However he’s divisive. These against him have written to Sonia Gandhi, arguing that his charisma doesn’t translate into votes, seen within the Kondangal Meeting loss to his incapability to win many wards within the GHMC polls. Moreover, he isn’t loyal to a celebration or ideology. He started his profession with the RSS and was with the BJYM, moreover having been a member of the TRS, the TDP and now Congress. There may be additionally the problem of many severe instances pending in opposition to him, conviction in any of which can show an enormous legal responsibility to the occasion. Most significantly, a number of senior leaders, together with 4 out of six MLAs, have level clean advised the excessive command they may go away Congress if Revanth was made TPCC chief.”
Within the non-Reddy class, the Dalits have been the spine of Congress, amongst which neighborhood, are two contenders – Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and Damodar Raj Narasimha. Whereas Bhatti has held many posts, incuding deputy Meeting speaker, working president and is at the moment the CLP chief, the truth that 13 MLAs defected to TRS underneath his watch pins him down. Damodar, who served as deputy CM, is from the numerically influential Madiga neighborhood. He’s a second era Congress chief, extremely educated and a superb orator. However having misplaced two consecutive elections for MLA makes him weak.
Amongst the OBCs, senior chief Hanumantha Rao has declared himself to be within the fray. However the former TPCC president and MP doesn’t have age on his facet. Ponnam Prabhakar is the opposite OBC chief who matches the invoice nicely, having been an NSUI and YC chief, an articulate speaker and a superb organiser. However latest election loses in 2018 and 2019 are going in opposition to him.
The final title doing the rounds, extra as a consensus candidate to please everybody and displace none to a lot, is Sridhar Babu, former minister and a four-time MLA. He has a superb grip on his district, is environment friendly, revered for his integrity and character. However being from the Brahmin neighborhood is an enormous legal responsibility.
Whereas the excessive command has purportedly taken a powerful view of disapproval over the again biting and washing of soiled linen between rivals, particularly sponsored campaigns in opposition to one another on social media, the aspirants are pushing on. Revanth Reddy and Bhatti Vikramarka are in Delhi to foyer for the positon immediately with Sonia Gandhi.
However ultimately, if the excessive command decides on Jana Reddy, with Nagarjunsagar singularly outweighing all elements, none will probably be shocked.