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Congress leader reluctant to offer Nalgonda seat to CPI(M)

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NALGONDA, MARCH 7. Even as the deadlock over the Nalgonda Assembly seat continues in the negotiations between the Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the two former MLAs -- Komatireddy Venkat Reddy and Nandhayala Narasimha Reddy -- have kicked off their campaign.

Interestingly, both the leaders are equally confident of getting the `verdict' in their favour. "There is no question of conceding the Nalgonda seat to our allies. Our leaders are negotiating so that the seat will be retained for me," Mr. Venkat Reddy, who had won the 1999 election defeating Mr. Narasimha Reddy by a margin of 4,440 votes, said on Sunday.

At a meeting organised at the Gandhi Bhavan, Mr. Venkat Reddy reportedly argued against the CPI(M) proposal. Reliable sources in the Congress said he is also toying with the idea of filing his nomination as an independent in the event of the seat being allotted to the CPIM(M). "Being the staunch supporter of the former CLP leader, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, it will not be a problem for Mr. Venkat Reddy to return to the party fold if at all he contests as an independent," sources maintain.

The CPI(M) leaders say it is `impossible' to give up the Assembly seat and maintain that it is one of the constituencies where the party holds sway among all sections of people. To drive home their argument, they point out the victories of N. T. Rama Rao in 1985, G. Rudrama Devi in the by-election held in the same year and Malreddy Ranga Reddy in 1989. However, Nalgonda seat remains a bone of contention between the parties that team up with the Communists.

Mr. Rama Rao's decision to allow the CPI(M) to contest from here as part of the electoral understanding led to a crisis in the TDP in the 1994 election. The party leaders had resigned en masse in protest against the decision on October 29, 1994.

K. Sattaiah Goud, the then district election committee president, Bondugula Narasimha Reddy, the former ZP chairperson and district coordination committee member, Gutta Sukhender Reddy, the then Mother Dairy Chairman and about seven other prominent leaders reportedly shot off a letter to the party president, Mr. Rama Rao, known for not yielding to such threats, went ahead with his plans after giving a dressing down to the disgruntled party leaders for challenging his authority.

In the election, Mr. Narasimha Reddy defeated the Congress nominee, Chakilam Sreenivasa Rao, by a margin of 29,163 votes.

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