Hyderabad: At last, the Kandula brothers have joined the Congress here on Thursday in the presence of the Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy and the PCC president Mr D Srinivas. The Congress party has finalised Mr Kandula Rajmohan Reddy’s name for the Kadapa Lok Sabha seat, and sent it to the high command for approval.
Speaking to the media at CM’s Camp Office, the PCC official spokesperson Mr Thulasi Reddy confirmed the candidature of Mr Raj Mohan Reddy for Kadapa MP seat. He said that many TDP leaders have joined Congress along with the Kandula brothers. Refuting the allegations made by the Opposition parties, he said that lack of candidates was not the reason for the delay in announcing the party candidate for the Kadapa seat.
On other parties’ announcement of candidates, Mr Thulasi Reddy said that the TDP Chief Mr N Chandrababu Naidu announced the candidates for Kadapa, Pulivendula by-elections on Wednesday because he was preoccupied with the election campaign in Tamilnadu and Mr Jagan announced the candidates because he has no high command. He made it clear that the party will announce the candidates for the Kadapa LS and Pulivendula Assembly seats officially only after the approval of high command. He said that there was no need for hurry to announce the names, as there was much time to submit nominations.
It may be mentioned that Congress leaders Dr d L Ravindra Reddy, Mr Ahmadullah and Mr Tulasi Reddy and PRP leader Mr C Ramachandraiah has made hectic efforts during the past two days to bring round the Kandula Brothers to join the Congress. The Kandula brothers, who were in TDP, were initially hesitant to take the plunge; but after prolonged deliberations and persuasion, the Congress leaders succeeded in roping-in the Kandula Brothers.
The Kandula brothers are considered a strong force in Kadapa district. Mr Rajmohan Reddy had given a tough fight to Dr Y s Rajasekhara Reddy in the 1996 Lok Sabha elections, when Dr YSR could win only with a slight majority of 5,000 votes. (NSS)