List of probable bypoll candidates irks Congress leaders

The list of probable Congress candidates for the bypolls to be held in Andhra Pradesh next month triggered protests and angry reactions from party leaders in Andhra Pradesh even before it is formally released.

With the names of candidates who are likely to get the ticket doing rounds extensively in the media, it evoked a mixed reaction from various leaders.

Congress Chief Whip Gandra Venkata Ramana Reddy told reporters here today that he was surprised over the name of a person, who reportedly quit TDP yesterday, cropping up for Parkal Assembly seat in Warangal district.

Congress workers in the district were hurt over the choice as the person is a rank outsider, said Reddy, who is also the president of Warangal district Congress committee.
He claimed the party leaders in the state told him that his wife can be the candidate in Parkal though he did not ask for it.