The PR Prakasam district organising secretary, Mr Battula Brahmananda Reddy, has alleged that the party leaders had demanded money from him for the Parchuru ticket. “I was asked to give Rs 2.5 crore for the Parchuru seat. They said a concession of Rs 50 lakh is being given to me as I have been with the party since its inception,” he said.
“Chiranjeevi and his brothers have no right to talk about corruption,” he said.
However, Mr Brahmananda Reddy was not the only dissident giving trouble to the PR. Party chief Chiranjeevi, who preached Gandhigiri in Shankardada Zindabad, the Telugu remake of Lage Raho Munnabhai, is now stumped by Gandhigiri himself. He is clueless about how to deal with leaders who are silently squatting in front of the party office.
Rayalaseema leaders like Mr Masala Eeranna and Muleti Sudarshan, brother of former minister M. Mareppa, are sitting on a dharna in front of the office. They have made it clear that they will not end the protest until their demands are met.
Other parties too are struggling with dissidents. With just a day left for the withdrawal of nominations for the first phase elections, parties are still trying to convince rebels — some of them even sitting MLAs — who have filed nomination as rebels to withdraw.
The Congress is worried as several influential constituency-level leaders have entered the fray as rebels.
It is believed that the Congress high command has asked the state leadership to “talk” to the rebels and convince them to withdraw. Both the CM and PCC president have asked the rebels to respect the list drawn up by the high command.
The TD and the TRS camps too are tense as the candidates who had filed nominations in each other’s constituencies have not withdrawn from the fray yet.
Most of the “TD-planted” nominees in the TRS constituencies are defying the party leadership’s missive. Mr Naidu has reportedly asked all of the them to withdraw in the early hours of Thursday to avoid further confusion in the Mahakutami. But only one candidate, Mr P.L. Srinivas, has heeded Mr Naidu’s words and has pulled out of the race.
Former mayor Mr Teegala Krishna Reddy, Mr M.N. Srinivas, Mr Sudhir Reddy are still in the contest.
The TRS chief, Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao too has appealed to the rebels and other “non-official” candidates to withdraw.
Meanwhile, the EC on Wednesday rejected 844 nominations.
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