Kodandaram rejects TRS offer to contest elections

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Hyderabad: Telangana Political JAC Chairman Prof Kodandaram and the TNGOs President Devi Prasad have declined to contest the elections.

TRS leadership wanted these two leaders to contest the elections to the Assembly or Parliament, as they have played a key role in the agitation for Separate Telangana state formation. The two leaders, however, rejected the plea of TRS and decided to stay away from electoral politics.

This evening, TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao has held closed-door meeting with TJAC leaders Prof. Kodandaram and TNGOs’ president Devi Prasad.

The meeting assumes significance amid reports that KCR has asked them to join TRS and he will offer tickets to contest from whichever seat they prefer in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

KCR’s smart act is calculated to take the wind of out the Congress sails, with central Congress leaders like Digvijay Singh and Jairam Ramesh openly offering tickets to JAC leaders.

Well before KCR held a meeting with Kodandaram, there were rumours that KCR had offered him Secunderabad Lok Sabha seat to contest. It was also said that Kodandaram refused the offer saying that he is not keen on joining politics.

A few days ago, BJP top brass had contacted Prof. Kodandaram to offer him Rajya Sabha seat if he joins their party. Then also, Kodandaram had rejected the offer.

But is not yet known, how Prof. Kodandaram and Devi Prasad responded to KCR’s latest offer.

It may be mentioned here that TGOS’ president Srinivas Goud has shown interest in contesting the election from Mahabubnagar seat.