The ECI has written a letter to the state government asking about the coronavirus situation in the state. It will take a decision on issuing poll notification based on the reply from the government, which sources said is in favour of completing the Council elections.
The lobbying for the seven seats is intense as a berth in the Council is guaranteed. The ruling party has enough MLAs to send six of its leaders to council under MLAs quota without a contest. The opposition is unlikely to contest as it does not have numbers on its side.
Apart from six MLCs, the term of another MLC M Srinivas Reddy elected under the Governor quota ended on June 17.
Earlier, the ECI had postponed the council elections as there was a rise in Covid-19 cases during the second wave of the pandemic. The term of six TRS members in the council expired on June 3—council chairman Gutha Sukender Reddy, deputy chairperson Neti Vidyasagar, former deputy CM Kadiyam Srihari, chief whip B Venkateshwarlu, Md Fareeduddn and Akula Lalitha.
A senior leader in the ruling TRS told TOI that aspirants are keeping their fingers crossed as KCR made many promises to leaders at the time of their joining TRS.