With mandate to govern Telangana, Congress begins process to elect CM, asks cops to prep for swearing-in

Telangana police said it was asked by Congress state president Revanth Reddy to make arrangements for swearing-in ceremony on 4 or 9 December.

BySouth First Desk

Published Dec 03, 2023 | 8:03 PMUpdatedDec 03, 2023 | 8:26 PM

Telangana Congress swearing-in

With a clear mandate in hand, the Congress is all set to storm into power in Telangana, which was carved out under the Congress-led UPA regime.

The voters have given the Congress 64 out of the 119 Assembly seats in the state, allowing it to come to power in Telangana for the very first time in the history of the youngest state in the country.

With a simple majority, the Congress is now looking to initiate the process of electing its Legislative Party chief — in effect, the chief minister.

The party called its first-ever Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting in Hyderabad on the evening of Sunday, 3 December, where a resolution was expected to be passed congratulating all the winning candidates and thanking the leaders, workers, and voters of the Congress.

Riding on an anti-incumbency wave, which was further fuelled by the promises of its six guarantees, the Congress is expected to elect its CLP leader and form the government in Telangana, but the road to that decision is not expected to be smooth, with several contenders in the fray.

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Swearing-in on 4 or 9 December

The Telangana police on Sunday said they had been asked by Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee chief A Revanth Reddy to make security arrangements for the swearing-in ceremony on 4 or 9 December.

Since the poll schedule of the Election Commission of India (ECI) would be in place till 5 December, a 4 December swearing-in is unlikely.

The party, however, is expected to elect its CLP chief on Monday. A delegation is expected to meet Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Monday and seek to form the government.

Reddy, whose party was enjoying a comfortable lead to touch the simple majority mark of 64 seats, on Sunday, asked state Director General of Police (DGP) Anjani Kumar to make security arrangements for the swearing-in ceremony.

Reddy called and discussed with the DGP, additional director general of police (ADGP) (Law and Order) and ADGP Crime Investigation Department (CID) about the preparation for the swearing-in ceremony, a release from Telangana Police said.

“The TPCC president mentioned that from today evening Muhurtam (auspicious time) will start. So, if possible, they may consider the swearing-in function tomorrow (4 December) or they may take (oath) on 9 December,” said Sunday’s release.

Reddy also told them that his party would soon meet the Governor and discuss government formation.

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‘Muhurtam from 3 Dec evening’

Reddy informed the DGP that several chief ministers, former chief ministers, and senior leaders from Delhi would participate in the swearing-in ceremony. The event is expected to be held at the LB Stadium in Hyderabad.

It is to be noted that the ECI wrote to the chief secretary of Telangana on Sunday seeking to keep DGP Anjani Kumar on suspension for poll code violation.

The senior police officer met Revanth Reddy on Sunday afternoon to congratulate him on a victory even as the counting of votes was still underway.

The Telangana police chief, before the action from the ECI, had directed that each winning candidate would get 2+2 Personal Security Officers (PSOs), while senior functionaries would get a higher category of security.

The security wing has been asked to prepare the threat perception report for all elected candidates, the DGP said.

Anjani Kumar held a meeting with the Hyderabad Police Commissioner and other senior police officials and discussed effective security arrangements for the swearing-in ceremony.