Telangana Jana Samithi president Prof Kodandaram, who played a ‘key role’ in Telangana statehood agitation by setting up TJAC, seems to be gearing up for the ‘final battle’ of his political life.
He is all set to contest from Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat against TRS sitting MP and KCR’s daughter Kalvakuntla Kavitha.
Prof Kodandaram did not contest recent Telangana Assembly polls in December, though TJS was part of Congress-led Mahakutami comprising of TDP and CPI due to ‘differences’ over seat-sharing and lack of time to plan campaigning with the delay in finalising Mahakutami candidates.
TJS faced humiliating defeat at the hands of TRS as it drew blank though it contested in 8 seats in TS Assembly polls.
But Kodandaram has decided not to give up and continue his fight against ‘family and dictatorial rule’ of KCR.
Kodandaram wants to teach a fitting lesson to KCR by defeating his daughter Kavitha.
Kodandaram feels that even if TRS wins all the seats in Telangana and loses Nizamabad, this will be a big blow to KCR and TRS, which will go a long way in strengthening Opposition parties in Telangana in the coming days, which are now pushed to a corner due to successive defeats at the hands of TRS in all the elections.
Congress is keen to support Kodandaram in Nizamabad and will not field its candidate.
Congress feels that there is severe anti-incumbency against Kavitha in Nizamabad but due to lack of a ‘strong leader’ from Opposition there, they could not capitalise it.
But this time, all parties including Congress, TDP, Left Parties, TJAC and other civil organisations are coming together to jointly field a ‘strong candidate’ in the form of Prof Kodandaram to defeat Kavitha and to give a ‘befitting reply’ to KCR.