Just 2 days after KCR dissolved Assembly and announced the list of 105 candidates contesting for coming general elections on TRS ticket, senior leader and firebrand politician Konda Surekha has raised her ante against the party for "insulting" her by keeping her constituency on hold.
Stating that as many as 105 candidates have been declared and 12 seats from Warangal district have been declared, emotional Konda Surekha said her name was not in the list despite having good track-record of winning 4 times.
Konda Surekha said she has been targeted by the TRS. Surekha alleged that she was deliberately ignored in the party and she was denied the Warangal East ticket. Surekha said she was earlier promised ministry in KCR's government and the promise was not kept. She alleged that her husband Konda Murali was promised with the MLC and even that was not kept.
Surekha said she got a call from KTR just two days before the decision where he told him that only one ticket would be offered to Konda family and asked her to decide on who will contest the seat - either her daughter Konda Kavitha or herself. Surekha admitted that she had sought some time to discuss in the family and later informed KTR, Santosh that she would herself contest and go by party's wish.
Accusing TRS party of ignoring women, Konda Surekha said Choppadandi MLA Bodiga Sobha's name was also missing in the list. Konda Surekha alleged that Andole MLA Babu Mohan and Chennur MLA Nallala Odelu who were denied tickets are SCs and hence discrimination. She alleged that only BCs, SCs, STs and women are facing discrimination in the TRS.
Surekha has thrown ball into KCR's court. She sought an explanation from the TRS party that why her name is not mentioned in the list. She said all her opponents are being treated well within the party and only they're ignored. Surekha accused that she was not informed when her opponents were joined into TRS. She said the party leaders are not in touch with her.
She said her final decision depends on the TRS party's reply. Surekha said she has the potential to win even if she contests as independent. She enthused confidence on her cadre, followers and people of her constituency that they are with her. On the whole, the tickets episode is creating ripples among TRS circles.