It will be a triangular contest among TRS, Congress and BJP in Warangal (SC) Lok Sabha byelection which is scheduled to be held on 21 November, as the opposition TDP has decided to back ally BJP in the prestigious electoral battle. The bypoll has been necessitated by the resignation of Kadiam Srihari who joined Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s Cabinet as his deputy this January.
Though the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi won the seat with a comfortable 3.92 lakh margin in 2014, this time a close contest is expected as unprecedented farmers’ suicides have become a major issue for the parties. TRS’ Srihari got 6.16 lakh votes the last time, while Congress candidate S. Rajaiah polled 2.69 lakh and BJP’s R. Parameshwar bagged 1.87 lakh votes. Warangal (SC) has around 12.5 lakh votes.
This time, the BJP with the support of TDP is planning to field a strong candidate to take on the TRS. Though the Congress has initiated the search for a strong candidate, the party couldn’t find any till now. Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) proposed former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar’s name for the bypolls, but the high command turned it down, sources in the party told The Sunday Guardian.
Congress general secretaries Digvijaya Singh and Ghulam Nabi Azad have begun consultations with local leaders to find a candidate by 4 November, the last date for filing nominations. BJP general secretary Muralidhar Rao is in touch with Telegu Desam Party leaders to finalise their nominees. TRS chief and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is expected to announce his candidate by next week.