Congress Panel Submits List of 300 Candidates:
The Congress screening committee, which convened in New Delhi, has submitted a list of nearly 300 candidates to the Central Election Committee (CEC) for review. Following a lengthy meeting that lasted over seven hours, the first list is expected to be released, featuring approximately 35 to 40 candidates, including prominent leaders like CEC member Uttam Kumar Reddy, TPCC chief A. Revanth Reddy, and CLP leader Bhatti Vikramarka, others.
In constituencies where multiple candidates are vying for nominations, selection will be based on survey reports and input from the team led by poll strategist Sunil Kanugolu. The meeting also addressed the demand for reserving two seats for BC community candidates in each parliamentary constituency.
Furthermore, the meeting discussed ensuring adequate representation for the Youth Congress, NSUI, and women.
In Hyderabad, the TS Congress manifesto committee convened at Gandhi Bhavan to draft the party’s document for the state elections. TS Congress manifesto committee chairman D. Sridhar Babu challenged ministers K.T. Rama Rao and T. Harish Rao, as well as BRS leaders, to visit Karnataka with him to assess the implementation status of Congress promises there.
Addressing the media at Gandhi Bhavan, he stated, “We are fulfilling our promises 100 percent. BRS leaders can inquire about the promises from the women in Karnataka to gain insight into the actual status.”
He accused the BRS of deceiving the people and failing to fulfill its commitments. Sridhar Babu mentioned that the party would gather public opinions through state-wide tours to finalize its manifesto.
During the meeting, some DSC and contract lecturers approached the committee to advocate for their demands. DSC aspirants pointed out that the state government had only announced 5,000 teacher posts, contrary to the 13,000 vacancies announced by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao in the Assembly. The fishermen’s community requested exclusive ownership of ponds.
In response, Sridhar Babu announced that the party would announce a comprehensive DSC plan once in power. The committee is actively seeking input from various organizations.
“We can interact with the district Congress committees that would be instantly maintainer discussion with stakeholders. District and Assembly constituencies will have manifestos tailored to their local requirements,” he stated.
Regarding claims by the BRS and the BJP that the Congress’ six promises would strain the state budget, Sridhar Babu asserted that the government possessed sufficient finances to support the schemes. He emphasized the need for financial discipline and pledged that the Congress manifesto would contain promises that could be implemented without fail.
“The government led by the BRS is experiencing difficulties in disbursing salaries to its employees on a timely basis. We will ensure that they receive their salaries on the first of every month,” he added.
Former Manakondur MLA Arepalli Mohan, who resigned from the BRS, will soon join the Congress, according to Sridhar Babu.