Bye-polls
The Huzurnagar seat remained vacant after Telangana Congress chief Uttam Kumar resigned to contest as the MP.
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The Election Commission of India announced the schedule for the Assembly bye-polls on Saturday. In Telangana, the elections for the Huzurnagar constituency will be held on October 21, and the results will be declared on October 24. The ECI announced that the election notification will be released on Monday and the last date for filing nominations is September 30.

The Huzurnagar seat, which was won by Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee chief Uttam Kumar Reddy in 2018, remained vacant after Reddy resigned as the MLA after he won the MP seat from Nalgonda in 2019.

Uttam Kumar Reddy, who was the sitting MLA of Huzurnagar, won the 2018 elections with a margin of 7,000 votes by defeating TRS candidate Sanampudi Saidi Reddy.

The Congress, which has lost the status of the main Opposition in the state - after 12 of its MLAs defected to the TRS - is split due to infighting between TPCC president Uttam and Telangana working president Revanth Reddy.

While Uttam has chosen his wife Padmavathi Reddy, former MLA of Kodad as the Congress candidate, Revanth has objected to it and has declared that Chamala Kiran Kumar will be the candidate.

However, several senior leaders back Uttam since they feel only Padmavathi can win that seat as she has been working in the constituency and further, Uttam also holds influence in the constituency.   

In the state, the Congress has been reduced to 6 seats after 12 out of the 19 Congress MLAs defected to the TRS.

Meanwhile, the TRS is yet to announce their candidate from Huzurnagar. It was earlier speculated that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K Kavitha who lost the MP seat from Nizamabad would contest from Huzurngar. However, the TRS hasn’t confirmed it yet.

In the 2018 Assembly polls, the TRS won with a huge majority of 88 seats out of 119 seats.  While the BJP remained as a non-player during the Assembly elections, the party is rejuvenated after four of its candidates were elected as MPs in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.