While the election date is yet to be announced, the bypoll is already being touted as a testing ground for the next assembly election and generating a lot of heat.
Former Congress candidate Padi Kaushik Reddy, who joined the TRS in the presence of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday, has emerged as a strong candidate from the ruling party after KCR’s open acknowledgement that Kaushik has a bright future in the TRS. However, the TRS leadership is keeping cards close to its chest on its nominee. Names of Telangana State Planning Board vice-chairman B Vinod Kumar and senior leader Captain V Lakshmikantha Rao are also doing the rounds.
From the BJP, former health minister Eatala Rajender looks a certainty. But, the recent remarks of his wife Eatala Jamuna set off fresh speculation on BJP’s candidate. She said the party leadership has not taken a call on who would be fielded. Before Eatala joined the BJP, former minister E Peddi Reddy was in the reckoning.
With Kaushik bidding goodbye to Congress, the grand old party is searching for the right candidate. Though reports of TPCC chief A Revanth Reddy keen on fielding former Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar surfaced the party later denies any such proposal. TPCC affairs in charge Manicakam Tagore asked senior leader D Rajanarismha to fill up the local level comittee posts in the party. “However, the high command has not okayed any names as of now,” a senior Congress leader said.
YSRTP chief YS Sharmila has already announced that her party is not interested in the bypoll, while Telangana TDP chief Bakkani Narasimhulu said they will take a call soon.
The BJP and TRS, which are actively engaged in door-to-door canvassing and padayatras since a month, are conducting weekly surveys on winning prospects of its probable candidates.