Chandrasekhara Rao files nomination for by-election

May 8th, 2008 - 8:09 pm ICT by admin  

Hyderabad, May 8 (IANS) Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president and former union minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao Thursday filed his nomination papers for the Karimnagar Lok Sabha seat. Karimnagar is among four Lok Sabha seats where by-elections are scheduled to be held May 29. Eighteen assembly constituencies are also going to polls.

KCR, as the TRS chief is popularly known, filed the nomination papers at 2.20 p.m. at the ‘mahuratam’ (auspicious time). He performed special ‘puja’ before reaching the office of the returning officer to file his papers.

Earlier, the TRS chief left for Karimnagar in a convoy after meeting party workers and well-wishers and garlanding the statue of ‘Telangana talli’ at Telangana Bhavan, the party headquarters here.

This is the second time that KCR is contesting the by-election. Challenged by some Congress leaders, he had quit last year but won the by-election with a thumping majority. He will once again face Congress party’s T. Jeevan Reddy, who resigned as state minister to enter the electoral fray.

The by-elections were caused due to the resignation of 4 MPs and 16 legislators of the party to protest the delay on part of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in granting separate statehood to the Telangana region.

The death of one legislator each of the ruling Congress party and the main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) necessitated the by-elections in two assembly constituencies.

TRS had fought the 2004 polls in alliance with the Congress party and won 5 Lok Sabha and 26 assembly seats in the region that comprises 10 districts including Hyderabad.

The party had joined Congress-led coalition government both in the state and at the centre. A year later, it pulled out of coalition in the state, to protest ‘injustice’ to Telangana region. TRS also quit the Congress-led UPA government in August 2006, alleging that the Congress party has gone back on its promise to carve out the separate state.

However, TRS received a big jolt when 10 state legislators staged a revolt against the party leadership. The party last year expelled Member of Parliament and former union minister A. Narendra for his alleged involvement in human smuggling scandal.

KCR quit TDP in 2000 to float TRS, reviving the four-decade old demand for separate statehood to Telangana.

About 50 aspirants filed nomination papers for assembly and four for Lok Sabha seats during the last four days.

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