The ruling Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh is racing against time to finalise its candidates for the April 11 state assembly and Lok Sabha elections with less than a week left for the commencement of nomination process.
According to party sources, TDP has finalised its candidates for at least 125 out of 175 assembly seats, including Pedakurapadu for Naidu's son Lokesh, but a formal announcement was yet to be made.
However, the process is said to have been hampered by various factors such as rebellion against many candidates, including some ministers.
The TDP is also facing trouble selecting suitable candidates for many of the 25 Lok Sabha seats as two sitting members deserted the party while some others have declined to contest again.
The influx of poll-eve party-hoppers as well as deserters is only making the TDPs task more difficult.
With the nomination process set to begin on March 18, the TDP high command is expected to announce at least the first list of candidates. The nomination closes on March 25.
In an apparent bid to mollify dissidents, Chandrababu Naidu offered to place the candidates information before the party cadre for scrutiny.
If you want, I will get an enquiry conducted again (on the candidates) but it is your responsibility to ensure victory of whomever I chose, a party released quoted him as having told his party rank and file.
Ministers K S Jawahar and Kalava Srinivasulu are facing rebellion in the party in their respective constituencies as rival groups are strongly opposing their candidature.
MLC Deepak Reddy, who is also opposing Srinivasulus re-nomination, has threatened to contest the Rayadurgam seat as an independent.
Party sources said veteran leader J C Diwakar Reddy, who is currently representing the Anantapur Lok Sabha constituency, has announced he will not contest again.
Instead, he is seeking the ticket for his son.
Diwakars brother and Tadipatri MLA J C Prabhakar Reddy is also opting out of the contest to make way for his son.
Though Narasimham sought an assembly ticket for his wife, the TDP high command did not oblige.
They have asked if my daughter is interested. I consulted her and she said yes. Now, it is for the party to take a call, Gajapati Raju told PTI.
The TDP is facing troubles in Anantapuramu, Kurnool, Kadapa, Prakasam, Guntur, West Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts in selection of candidates both for Lok Sabha and state assembly.
However, a party politburo member expressed confidence that all the issues would be sorted out.
Our president is holding one-on-one meetings with prospective candidates and other senior leaders to sort out the issues.
"There is sure stalemate with regard to some seats but everything will be resolved in the next couple of days, he said.
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