Hyderabad: Elections to the Legislative Council members under the Assembly quota would be inevitable if two candidates failed to withdraw their nominations.
The Legislature Secretary and returning officer, Mr Sadaram, has announced that 12 nominations were filed for 10 vacancies. He said that the election would be inevitable if two candidates failed to withdraw their papers.
Talking to the media in his chambers in the Assembly Building on Monday, Mr Sadaram said that the TRS candidate, Mr Mohd Mahmood Ali, the PRP candidate, Mr C Ramachandraiah, the TDP candidates, Mr Singareddy Venkata Satish Kumar Reddy, Mr V Gangadhar Goud, Ms K Prathiba Bharathi have submitted two sets of nomination papers and the remaining candidates submitted only a single set of nominations.
Mr Sadaram said that the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, and the Minister for Marketing and Warehousing, Mr Mukesh Goud, have proposed the name of the AIMIM candidate, Mr Syed Altaf Hyder Razvi.
Curiously, the Lok Satta Party MLA, Dr Jayaprakash Narayan proposed the names of CPI candidate, Mr P J Chandrasekhar Rao, along with the TDP MLAs, Mr Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Mr G Partha Sarathi, Mr D Naredra Kumar, Mr Palle Raghunatha Reddy, Mr Jogeshwar Rao and CPI MLAs, Mr G Mallesh, Mr K Sambasiva Rao, Mr U Yadagiri Rao and Dr Chandravathi.
The Legislature Secretary said that 12 candidates have submitted 17 nominations. The TRS, PRP and TDP candidates have submitted two sets of nomination papers. Election will be held on March 17 if two candidates among them failed to withdraw their papers. Scrutiny of nomination papers will be held on March 8 and the last date for withdrawal of nominations is March 10. The counting of votes will be taken up on the same day on March 17. (NSS)