Congress leadership faces worst-ever crisis; ‘note for seat’ rocks the party

The Congress party is rocked by internal squabbles. The party leadership is accused of selling away tickets to those who jumped the party recently and ignoring the loyal workers. Some of the leaders came out openly accusing the TPCC leaders of taking land or money for MLA ticket.

One leader from Mahabubnagar who is aspiring for a ticket said he paid Rs. 3 crore for the ticket. Another woman leader said she had to shell Rs. 10 crore for the ticket. There were allegations in all the districts. One NRI reportedly had to register his villa in the name of a TPCC leader to secure a ticket to contest the Assembly elections on a Congress party ticket.

As the BRS party is already full and there is no scope for newcomers for tickets, many are trying for the Congress party ticket. Maheswaram constituency leader Kotha Manohar Reddy accused TPCC president A Revanth Reddy of taking five acres of land and Rs. 10 crore from a candidate denying him the ticket. He challenged Mr Revanth Reddy to take a vow at Bhagyalaxmi temple to prove his honesty. The ‘note for seat’ is rocking the party now throwing the party cadre and general public in confusion.

Meanwhile, the OBC leaders who virtually divided the party in Telangana state are demanding for their due share in the party tickets for Assembly elections. The group led by Ponnala Laxmaiah and V Hanumantha Rao are camping in New Delhi demanding a minimum of 34 tickets for the OBCs. They are holding negotiations with the party’s top leaders K C Venugopal and party president Mallikarjun Kharge. They who reportedly told the OBC leaders to have patience as the tickets are being finalised.

By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao