Congress Fields Candidate For Nandyala By-Poll
Nandyala: The beleaguered Congress in the state has fielded its candidate for the impending by-election in Nandyala Assembly constituency. The party has named its trade union, INTUC, State General Secretary Abdul Khadar, as the candidate. The party had to search for the new candidate, as its 2014 candidate Rajesh had joined the YSR Congress.
Announcing the candidature of Khadar, APCC President Raghuveera Reddy said that the Nandyala by-election would be a referendum on the three-year rule of the TDP. It would also reflect the performance of the YSR Congress as oppposition in the last three years. He further said the result of the by-election would be an indication for the 2019 elections.
The Congress is set to use the by-election for its campaign on issues like corruption and collision of the TDP and YSR Congress in the State, besides highlighting the demand for the special category status for the State as promised at the time of bifurcation.
“We would go to every house and meet every voter and explain them how they are betrayed on special category status,” Raghuveera Reddy said. “We would also expose the nexus between ruling TDP and opposition YSR Congress in supporting BJP against the interests of the state.
The personal interests of Chandrababu Naidu and Jagan Mohan Reddy have cost dearly to the state in giving up the demand for special category status, he said.
The Congress has been fighting for the special category status ever since bifurcation. Though the party had lost badly in all elections after bifurcation, it did not leave the issue of special category status. The party has collected one-crore signatures in the state in support of the demand for the special category status. It has also filed cases in all the 13 districts against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for betraying people on denying the status.
The Congress Party has mobilized the support of 14 regional parties in the country to stand by the demand in the Parliament. It has tabled private member bill in Rajya Sabha twice to press for the special category status to the State. The party has also mobilized these 14 parties to address the people at Guntur recently, and thus has been keeping the demand alive.
Now, making use of the by-election, the Congress wants to reach out to the people explaining how the BJP had betrayed the state and how the TDP and YSR Congress have compromised.