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Congress to select LS nominees for Telangana, Seemandhra this week

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Congress is expected to finalise its list of Lok Sabha candidates for Telangana and Seemandhra regions of Andhra Pradesh this week, which have collectively contributed 33 seats in the last elections.

Union Minister Vayalar Ravi, who heads the AP screening committee said that leaders from both the States would be invited to New Delhi for consultations this week, concluding the last of phase of candidate list.

Congress is facing a tough battle in the southern State, as the ruling party is going it alone in Seemandhra region
against the formidable regional parties TDP led by Chandrababu Naidu and YSRCP headed by Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.

Besides, the party is under tremendous pressure from former Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, who launched his outfit — Jai Samaikyandhra Party, protesting against the division, after quitting the Congress.

Though it is likely to clinch a surprising electoral pact with CPI in Telangana, it may not be as easy for Congress
since it is taking on the resourceful TRS and BJP.

The party constituted separate pradesh committees for both the regions with Ponnala Lakshmaiah nominated as the
president for Telangana and Raghuveera Reddy for Andhra Pradesh (Seemandhra).

Also separate election committees were formed for both the regions, wherein senior and popular leaders were accommodated in the committees.

While 17 parliamentary seats are in Telangana are going for elections on April 30, people in the residual Andhra
Pradesh would exercise their franchise on May 7.

A good show in Andhra Pradesh in the 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha polls ensured the Congress-led UPA rule at the Centre
for ten long years. Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh are also being held simultaneously along with the Lok Sabha polls.

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