With too many contenders in race for the candidature of chief minister in the Telangana Congress party in the next assembly elections, the party high command is said to be contemplating bringing veteran leader and former Union minister S Jaipal Reddy into the field.
All these years, Jaipal has been staying away from the state politics and played a crucial role for the party in the Centre.
After the formation of Telangana, the party could not find a leader of stature and credibility to be focussed as the chief ministerial candidate.
Every leader with some popularity has started projecting himself as the CM candidate, including K Jana Reddy, Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy, D K Aruna, Damodar Rajanarasimha and N Uttam Kumar Reddy.
Even the newly defected Telugu Desam Party legislator A Revanth Reddy, too, nurtures the ambition of becoming the chief minister.
However, all these leaders have also been trying to outwit each other and there has been no leader who is acceptable to all.
Under these circumstances, the high command is said to be toying with the idea of bringing veteran leader S Jaipal Reddy back into active politics.
As of now, Jaipal is only functioning as a party elder, giving periodical suggestions to the leaders.
The high command has apparently thought Jaipal being senior will be acceptable to all, as he does not have a group of his own. Even for Revanth, he is closely related and hence, the former might not raise any objection.
Though there might be some voices of dissent, especially from Komatireddy brothers, the party does not need to take them seriously.
The party might be of the view that it can bring cohesion in the party by projecting Jaipal as the CM candidate, but the problem is that he is not a man of masses.
He is no doubt an intellectual, but not a rabble rouser and an attractive public speaker. Moreover, he has the mobility problem because of his handicap, so he cannot move from place to place quickly to address the public meetings.
In spite of all that, Jaipal is considered to be the only option for the party to put an end to the internal differences in the party.