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MLC ticket to PV daughter: Honour or disrespect?

MLC ticket to PV daughter: Honour or disrespect?

The announcement of MLC ticket to Surabhi Vani Devi, daughter of former Prime Minister late P V Narasimha Rao, under graduates’ constituency in Hyderabad-Ranga Reddy-Mahabubnagar districts, is being projected as a master political stroke by Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

According to the TRS sources, by fielding Vani Devi in the MLC elections, KCR has checkmated both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, who were fighting for the legacy of Narasimha Rao.

Apparently, KCR wants to prove that the TRS is respecting Vani Devi with the MLC ticket, while the Congress has disowned PV’s family at the behest of their boss Sonia Gandhi and the BJP has failed to respect the family of PV by not giving him Bharat Ratna even during his birth centenary year.

However, analysts say KCR has, in fact, humiliated PV’s family by giving the MLC ticket for Vani Devi. There is already a tight contest in the MLC elections for Hyderabad-Ranga Reddy-Mahabubnagar graduates’ constituency.

While the BJP fielded sitting MLC N Ramachandra Rao, the Congress has roped in former minister G Chinna Reddy of Wanaparthy. Added to this, ex-MLC Dr K Nageshwar is also in the fray.

All the three have their own strengths and they have already been campaigning extensively all over the constituency.

“Under these circumstances, giving the MLC ticket to PV’s daughter Vani Devi in the last days of nominations is a strategic mistake. The graduate voters are already angry with the TRS government and the chances of the TRS winning the seat are bleak. So, if Vani loses the elections, KCR will not lose anything, but it is an insult to PV family,” an analyst said.

The PCC working president Ponnam Prabhakar wondered why KCR chose to field PV’s daughter for a losing seat.

“If he has so much concern and respect to PV family, he should have nominated her to Rajya Sabha or give her MLC seat under Governor’s quota,” he said.

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