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Ticket distribution in BRS

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NAVEENA GHANATE
Hyderabad

Hyderabad-based BRS Ministers and MLAs are interested only in ensuring the political prospects of their kin. Even those who took part in the Telangana movement didn’t stand a chance due to this. Depending on the situation, the ministers are using all their might to stop new leaders from entering the political space.

Political circles are abuzz with stories of how BRS leaders can go to any extent to secure the futures of their kin. Political analysts believe that some of the hopefuls like Krishank Manne, Erolla Srinivas, Bonthu Ram Mohan and some others in the BRS couldn’t get tickets as ministers saw them as a threat not to themselves but to the future political prospects of their kin.

Political analysts believe that hopefuls who have direct access to KTR and Harish Rao and are intellectually sound cannot be controlled by local ministers or by their kin in future. This could be a stumbling block in the way of their kin’s political growth.

In a few cases, disappointed hopefuls said that they didn’t get support from their minister or constituency in-charges. Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav did everything possible to bring his son Talasani Sai Kiran Yadav into public life and get him a post. Likewise, Padma Rao, Malla Reddy, Mynampally Hanumanth Rao and Sabitha Indra Reddy tried but couldn’t succeed.

Someone who lost trying to become a corporation councillor got a chance but hopefuls who have been part of the Telangana movement didn’t stand a chance. However, BRS sources said that the BRS doesn’t go by the ‘one family one ticket’ rule always and that if there is a need to replace somebody KCR will do so.

“In the case of Medak constituency, Padma Devender Reddy cannot be replaced by a new hand like Mynampally Rohit. She was part of the Telangana stir and a former Deputy Speaker. In the case of Cantonment, there was a chance for Krishank but local ministers and BRS leaders did not favour him even though KTR completely supported him. In the case of Malkajgiri, one shouldn’t be surprised if Marri Rajashekar Reddy is given the seat if Mynampally is denied a ticket,” a BRS source said.

BRS sources cited the Korutla seat as an example. “Parents were allowed to give their seat to their children or if there was an open post. But many leaders wanted two seats. Replacing sitting MLAs is not something the CM likes,” a BRS leader said.

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