The Telangana BJP faced a big blow on Friday as the party’s Vikarabad District president, Karanam Prahalad Rao, sent his resignation to the party’s state president K Laxman after he was denied a ticket from the Parigi Assembly constituency where he wished to contest.
“I have been working in the party for the last 40 years and have taken up several programmed in the assembly constituency while strengthening the party. But the party failed to recognise my services,” the BJP leader was quoted as saying.
Last month, the BJP's Karimnagar District President in Telangana, Kotha Srinivas Reddy, resigned from his post and from the party after he was denied a ticket for the upcoming polls in Telangana.
Reddy in his resignation letter said that he was upset that the party was not recognising his services and said that he had been actively working with the ABVP and the BJP for the last 25 years. He also thanked all party members and leaders who stood by him.
Reddy was denied a ticket in 2014 as a defector was picked for the seat. He also contested the Husnabad Assembly constituency unsuccessfully in 2009.
Just earlier this week, the BJP released its third list of 20 candidates for the upcoming Telangana poll, bringing the total number of candidates announced to 86.
All sitting MLAs including Telangana BJP President Dr K Laxman from Musheerabad constituency, got a ticket. G Kishan Reddy was renominated from Amberpet while NVSS Prabhakar is the party’s candidate again from Uppal. Chintala Ramachandra Reddy managed to secure his nomination for Khairatabad again as well.
BJP MLC N Ramachander Rao was given a ticket for the Malkajgiri Assembly constituency. Actor-politician Babu Mohan, who had recently jumped to the party after being denied a TRS ticket, was given a nomination from Andhole, a seat reserved for the SC community.
The Telangana Assembly was dissolved on September 6 and the Election Commission has said that the fresh polls would be held on December 7. The counting of votes will take place on December 11.