The bypoll in Huzurabad is raising political tensions in Telangana. With both Eatala Rajender and the TRS determined to prove their strength, the contest promises to be an edge-of-the-seat thriller. To ensure that Eatala Rajender does not enter the portals of the Telangana assembly, the TRS is leaving no stone unturned. It is raining money through government schemes and is planning to introduce schemes like Dalit Bandhu and sheep distribution to the BCs.
But, the TRS's Achilles' Heel is the question of the party candidate. The TRS and the Congress are yet to decide on their candidates. There were rumours that the TRS would field L Ramana or even Peddireddy. Then there was talk of making RS Praveen Kumar the party's candidate. All these have now turned out to be false. There was a plan to make Kaushik Reddy of the Congress as TRS candidate, but Revanth Reddy pre-empted the TRS plans.
If sources are to be believed, the party has decided on the name of NRI Pakala Srikanth Reddy. Pakala Srikanth Reddy is from Annaram village in Veenavanka mandal. He has set up Sunera SoftWare Technology company and has provided employment to scores of local youth. His family is quite well-known in Karminagar and especially in the Huzurabad area. Hence, KCR is said to have zeroed in on his name.
The TRS hopes to garner the Reddy votes using Pakala Srikanth's stature. The Dalit Bandhu and the sheep rearing schemes would be used to entice the Dalits and the BCs. While there are over 40000 SCs in Huzurabad constituency, Yadavs and Kurumas form the majority of the BC voters. Putting up a Reddy community candidate will help the TRS, the party feels.