HYDERABAD: With the successful formula of announcing the candidate in the last minute in the recently concluded MLC polls, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) appears to have decided on implementing the same strategy in the Nagarjuna Sagar bypoll too.
In the Hyderabad-Rangareddy-Mahbubnagar graduates constituency, the TRS had announced its candidate Vani Devi two days after the nomination process began, and the result was in favour of the pink party.
Sources in the TRS said the party would see twin benefits by delaying the naming of the candidate. Firstly, it can spring a surprise for the other parties with the selection of the candidate, and secondly, it can prevent its leaders from being poached by other parties and field them in the poll. It can also stop rebel candidates from filing nominations.
The nomination process for the bypoll began a couple of days ago and the last date for nominations is March 30. While the polling will take place on April 17, the counting will take place on May 2. The bypoll was necessitated due to the demise of TRS MLA from Nagarjuna Sagar Nomula Narsimhaiah a couple of months ago.
TRS said the chief minister is busy with assembly sessions and would focus on selection of candidate after March 26 after the sessions conclude. However, sources said that the party is in a dilemma over giving a ticket to the deceased MLA Narasimhaiah’s son Nomula Bharat or other local candidates such as Tera Chinappa Reddy. Interestingly, the BJP is also waiting for the TRS to finalise the candidate for strategic reasons. The Congress has already announced that senior leader K Jana reddy would contest from the constituency in the bypoll.
Though TRS has not finalised its candidate yet, the party has already begun campaigning in the constituency by deploying legislators and other leaders. For instance, Chennur MLA Balka suman is camping in the district overseeing the campaigning. “Like we did in the MLC elections, booth level in-charges will be appointed and door-to-door campaign will be taken up within the limited time,” a senior TRS leader said.
“The Congress party has not done anything for the people of Nagarjuna Sagar constituency. Congress leader K Jana Reddy, who represented the constituency seven times, was responsible for the backwardness of the constituency. People will definitely support TRS in this election like in 2018 elections,” Balka Suman told TOI. He said the party’s developmental works would definitely help in getting a positive vote.