Telangana Assembly polls: BCs to get 20 seats in first list of 50+, says BJP MP Laxman; 3 of 4 MPs to contest

The central election committee, which convened a meeting to finalise candidate selection, decided to field 3 out of 4 MPs in the elections.

BySouth First Desk

Published Oct 21, 2023 | 8:07 PMUpdatedOct 21, 2023 | 8:07 PM

BJP leader K Laxman.

As many as 20 seats have been allocated to the Backward Classes (BC) communities in the BJP’s first list of candidates contesting the Telangana Assembly elections on 30 November, according to Rajya Sabha MP and BJP OBC Morcha national president K Laxman.

Stating that the candidates list would be declared any time now, Laxman, while interacting with the media in New Delhi on Saturday, 21 October, said that the party’s central leadership has already completed the process of selecting candidates for more than 50 Assembly constituencies in the state.

“We are ensuring social justice to candidates while selecting them and we are giving top priority for the women and BCs,” he said, adding that 20 Assembly seats have been allocated for BCs in the first list of candidates.

Sources told South First that the BJP has allocated 20 seats to the BCs, especially women, 14 seats each to the Reddys and the SC/ST communities, and half a dozen seats to the Velama community.

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3 of 4 MPs to contest Assembly polls

The Central Election Committee, which convened a crucial meeting in New Delhi under the leadership of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president JP Nadda to finalise candidates’ selection, has decided to field three out of four MPs to contest the Assembly elections.

It is learnt that Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar will contest from Karimnagar Assembly constituency, Nizamabad MP Dharmapuri Arvind from Korutla, and Adilabad MP Soyam Bapu Rao from Boath.

Sources also said that all three sitting MLAs — Eatala Rajender, M Raghunandan Rao, and T Raja Singh — will also contest the elections.

Former MP G Vivek Venkataswamy and party national vice-president DK Aruna will contest from Chennuru and Gadwal constituencies, respectively.

The party is fielding MLA and Telangana BJP Election Management Committee Chairman Eatala Rajender from his Huzurabad constituency, as well and Gajwel, where he will be pitted against Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.

Initially, the party decided to field Union Tourism Minister and Telangana BJP State president G Kishan Reddy and Rajya Sabha member K Laxman, but later dropped the idea as they are key to the election campaign.

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On Raja Singh and the BRS

Referring to revoking the suspension of Goshamahal MLA T Raja Singh — the lone BJP winner in the 2018 Assembly election — he said that the central leadership was looking into the issue.

Speaking about the BRS, Laxman said that BRS MLC K Kavitha staged protests in New Delhi in support of 33 percent reservation to women but her party failed to give preference to women while allocating tickets to them.

Alleging that both the BRS and the Congress ignored the development of BCs in the state, Laxman said that the two parties treated the BCs as political slaves.