Hyderabad: Naini Narasimha Reddy, To First home minister Of Telangana, Will complete his six-year term as a member of the state Legislative Assembly On 19 June. Though he is seeking another term, he is not sure whether he will side with the Chief Minister. K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Who has promised MLC seat after refusing to give tickets to many leaders for the 2018 assembly and 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The race for a berth in the upper house is heating up as the three MLC seats falling under Governor Cote are for the graves. The three vacancies are due to the completion of the conditions of former MLC Ramulu Naik (March), Narasimha Reddy (June) and Karan Prabhakar (August).
Naik was suspended from the TRS in October 2018 and disqualified as an MLC after which he moved the Supreme Court. Later he joined Congress.
More than a dozen for 3 seats under Governor’s quota
Interestingly, Narasimha Reddy, who is one of the founding members of the party, failed to make it to KCR’s cabinet in the second term and was replaced by Mahmood Ali as Home Minister. He had also raised his voice against the party leadership when his son-in-law was denied a ticket from Musheerabad assembly constituency in the 2018 assembly elections.
“I am confident that KCR will give me a second term. I am with him till date through the formation of TRS and the state movement. I deserve to be re-named as MLC again under Governor Cote. I will meet him soon and make a request, ”he told TOI.
Though Prabhakar is also loyal to KCR and there is speculation that he may be given another term, the busy lobbying of aspirations may change the equation.
More than a dozen TRS candidates are in the fray for the three MLC seats falling under the Governor’s quota. The cabinet will forward the names of the candidates to Governor Tamilisai Soundarajan, who in turn will forward it to the Election Commission for approval. CM is expected to take a decision soon.
Apart from the three MLC seats under the Governor’s quota, former Nizamabad MP K Kavita has already filed his nomination ahead of the MLC election, the constituency of Nizamabad’s local officials. The Election Commission has stopped the election due to the epidemic.