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TRS in search of BC candidate

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MAHABUBNAGAR, MARCH 23. The Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) in the district is searching for a strong candidate from the Backward Classes to field him as its candidate from the Mahabubnagar Assembly segment.

As part of the seat-sharing agreement, the Congress has left the Alampur, Jadcherla, Nagarkurnool, and Mahabubnagar Assembly segments to the TRS.

The TRS high command has already decided to field Ravula Ravindranath Reddy, member in the dissolved Assembly, from Alampur and its district president, A. Laxma Reddy, from the Jadcherla segment.

Narvotham Reddy, Bhagavanth Reddy, and Eddula Radha Devi are the main aspirants for party ticket in the Nagarkurnool Assembly segment. According to party sources, the high command was inclined towards Radha Devi, as she would come under the women's quota. But, the selection of candidate for the Mahabubnagar Assembly constituency has become a tough task for the TRS leadership as the BC leadership of the party has staked claim to it.

The party high command was initially in favour of the candidature of Bekkari Srinivas Reddy, district vice-president of the party, but changed its mind when BC leaders of the party resisted the move, according to party insiders. It is said the party Presidium member J. Satyanarayana Goud, and Vakil Bheemaiah and other BC leaders of the party were prevailing upon the party high command to allocate the Mahabubnagar seat to BCs as all other three candidates of the party who would be fielded on behalf of the party from Alampur, Jadcherla and Nagarkurnool belonged to the Reddy community.

With the fear of backlash from the BCs if candidates for all the four seats are nominated from the Reddy community, it is learnt that the TRS high command was in search of a strong BC candidate to take on the Law Minister, P. Chandrasekhar, who also belongs to a backward community.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that some BC leaders of the Congress who were in race for party ticket to contest from the Mahabubnagar Assembly constituency have sent feelers to the TRS high command expressing their willingness to join the TRS if they are assured of ticket.

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