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Bypoll acid test for first timers
Special Correspondent, The Hindu, June 22, 2010
Six to test electoral fortunes for the second time in 14 months
HYDERABAD: Next month’s elections to 10 Assembly constituencies in Telangana will be an acid test for the political careers of at least six candidates – five from the Telangana Rashtra Samiti and one from the Bharatiya Janata Party – who resigned from the Assembly in support for separate Telangana.
These six will be testing their electoral fortunes for the second time within 14 months of their maiden entry into the Assembly whereas the remaining four MLAs who resigned Etala Rajender, T. Harish Rao, E. Ravinder Reddy and K. Eshwar are veterans of earlier battles.
Kaveti Sammaiah (Sirpur), N. Odelu (Chennur), G. Aravind Reddy (Mancherial), K. Vidyasagar Rao (Korutla) and D. Vinay Bhaskar (Warangal West) are all from the TRS, while E. Lakshminarayana (Nizamabad Urban) of BJP emerged as giant killer by trouncing PCC president D. Srinivas with a comfortable margin of 11,015 votes.
Two other ex-MLAs who were elected for the first time — Chennmaneni Ramesh of TDP (Vemulwada) and KCR’s son, K. T. Rama Rao (Sircilla) — will have to wait for some more time as the EC has decided against holding byelections to these two constituencies now as election petitions against them are pending in the High Court.
The resignation of Ch. Ramesh, who later shifted loyalties to the TRS, was accepted on February 14 while that of the TRS MLAs were accepted the next day after the Speaker held consultations with the TRS MLAs. Mr. Rama Rao scraped through with a margin of 171 votes and Mr. Ramesh won with 1,821 votes from their constituencies.
Ten MLAs from the TRS and one each from the TDP and BJP quit their posts in the aftermath of political crisis following the December 9 announcement of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on initiating the process for formation of separate Telangana state.
While more than 80 MLAs, including over 30 each from the TDP and the Congress, submitted their resignation letters, Speaker N. Kiran Kumar Reddy rejected a majority of them on the ground that they were not in order.