Hyderabad: The list of Congress candidates for the bypolls to be held in Andhra Pradesh next month triggered protests and angry reactions from party leaders in Andhra Pradesh even before it is formally released.

With the names of candidates who are likely to get the ticket doing rounds extensively in the media, it evoked a mixed reaction from various leaders.

Congress Chief Whip Gandra Venkata Ramana Reddy told reporters here today that he was surprised over the name of a person, who reportedly quit TDP on Tuesday, cropping up for Parkal Assembly seat in Warangal district.

Congress workers in the district were hurt over the choice as the person is a rank outsider, said Reddy, who is also the president of Warangal district Congress committee.

He claimed that the party leaders in the state told him that his wife can be the candidate in Parkal though he did not ask for it.

Meanwhile, state Health Minister D L Ravindra Reddy, who is known to be critical of Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, said the Chief Minister would work for the victory of candidates in Kadapa district as he appeared to have had a major say in their selection.

Taking exception to Ravindra Reddy's allegedly frequent critical remarks against Chief Minister, party MLA G Veerasiva Reddy said the Health Minister can suggest to the party high command if he had any better candidates in mind.

It is not appropriate for a senior leader like Ravindra Reddy to make remarks that would not help the party, Veerasiva Reddy contended.

The Chief Minister and state Congress president Botsa Satyanarayana held talks with AICC leaders like Ghulam Nabi Azad and Vayalar Ravi in the last few days over selection of nominees for the bypolls and the list was yet to be announced.

The bypolls for 18 assembly and one Lok Sabha seat would be held on June 12. Bypolls in 16 of the 18 seats are necessitated due to the disqualification of sitting Congress MLAs who switched loyalty to Kadapa MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, while another MLA and one Congress MP quit in support of Jagan.

Chiranjeevi resigned as MLA following his election to Rajya Sabha which caused bypoll.

(Agencies)


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