After scrutiny by the election officials on Tuesday, the number of contestants in the fray for the byelection to the Huzurnagar Assembly seat came down to 31 from 76, who had filed 119 sets of nominations. Those whose nominations rejected staged a dharna in front of the office of the returning officer.
The officials said the candidate nomination papers are not found in order. Rao and his candidates protested at the office of returning officer Chandraiyya and said the returning officer is supporting the ruling party.
Among those whose nominations rejected included CPM candidate P Shekhar Rao and 85-year-old A Lakshmi Narasamma, who filed her nomination papers to highlight the issue of land mafia.
At the time of nominations, Huzurnagar by-elections seemed to be closer to the Nizamabad election, but no one expected that more than 50% of nominations get rejected.
On the other side, interestingly CPI has announced that it would support the pink party in the byelection. Later, Venkat Reddy said that his party decided to support the TRS after considering the present political scenario in the State.
However, he stated that his party would continue to fight for people’s cause and question the TRS government whenever it adopts anti-people policies.