The Congress on Friday night declared that it would field senior party leader and former Union Minister Renuka Chowdhury from Khammam in Telangana, thereby completing the entire list of candidates for the 17 Lok Sabha seats up for grabs in the state. Renuka's name was in a list of 34 candidates from across the country released by the party in New Delhi.
Renuka will be going up against Nama Nageswara Rao, an industrialist and one of the richest politicians in India, who recently defected to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) just days before his candidacy was announced. While the Congress has considerable influence in Khammam, the presence of adivasis in the region means that the Left also has a strong presence here, along with TDP, which has traditionally banked on the Kammas, a forward caste community.
In their second list which was released earlier this week, it was announced that Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy would contest from the Nalgonda Lok Sabha constituency. He is presently the Huzurabad MLA.
Apart from Uttam Kumar, those who made it to the list included N Vamsichand Reddy for Mahbubnagar, Madhu Yaskhi Goud for Nizamabad, Anjan Kumar Yadav for Secundrabad, Feroze Khan for Hyderabad, Mallu Ravi for Nagarkurnool, Komatireddy Venkata Reddy for Bhongir and Dommati Sambhaiah for Warangal.
The notable names in the first list included Revanth Reddy for Malkajgiri, Konda Vishweshwar Reddy for Chevella and Ponnam Prabhakar from Karimnagar.
While Ramesh Rathod will contest from Adilabad, A Chandra Sekhar will contest from Pedapalle. K Madan Mohan for Zahirabad, Gali Anil Kumar for Medak and Proike Balram Naik for Mahabubabad are the remaining candidates.
For the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, the Congress has abandoned the Prajakutami or Peopleās Alliance which was formed with the Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS), Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Communist Party of India (CPI) ahead of the Legislative Assembly elections held in the state in December last year.
Elections to the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana will be conducted in a single phase on April 11.