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TDP – BJP clash expected for Warangal seat


In an embarrassment to BJP, this time round Telugu Desam party, which smells anti-incumbency generating in Telangana state, wants to field its candidate from Warangal Lok Sabha constituency in the ensuing by-election , wresting the seat from its NDA ally. The party leaders are of the view that the chances of winning the bypolls have become brighter due to the anti-people policies of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Spiraling prices, growing opposition the cheap liquor promotion in the state, and corruption in the irrigation projects, inability to address the unemployment problem, failure in honoring loan waiver fully etc, the TDP thinks would work in its favor. So, the party, wants to field its candidate, to send at least one TDP MP from Telangana state to Lok Sabha. So, all TDP Telangana leaders are putting pressure on party president Chandrababu Naidu to take back the seat from Bharatiya Janata party.

In 2014 elections, following the electoral understanding between the BJP and TDP, the cycle party left the seat to BJP, which fielded Parameshwar Ramagalla against TRS candidate Kadiyam Srihari. While Congress fielded sitting MP Sircilla Rajaiah. The, BJP however, ended up poor third, despite Modi wave. Not to take chances, TDP wants to wrest the seat from BJP for the byelection to be held soon.

BJP sources told Telugu 360. com that no decision had been taken on the Warangal constituency stating the constituency is allotted to BJP. BJP argument is like this:

” The Warangal is going to bypoll due to resignation of Kadiyam Srihari. The constituency is given to BJP as part of alliance between TDP and BJP. As the election is part of the present LoK Sabha, insisting on taking back the seat is unfair.” BJP sources did not agree with TDP argument that the situation was conducive to TDP.

“This is wrong. It’s true that anti-incumbency is gaining ground against TRS government . That it works out in favor of TDP is a million dollar question. Because, the TD P image has been sullied in the cash-for-vote case. TDP should give handle to KCR to attack in by-polls. And by raising voice against TRS in the past 15 months, BJP indeed has become stronger. It would be better for TDP not to make it an issue,” the sources said. BJP sources refuse to be cited his name as the TDP had not made it intention public.

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