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Top BJP leaders prevented Adilabad ticket to me, claims Soyam Bapu Rao

BJP MP from Adilabad LS seat Soyam Bapurao has alleged that top party leaders prevented him from getting a ticket from his Lok Sabha seat. He said the party would give him ticket if it wanted to use his strength in the district.

Hyderabad/Adilabad: BJP MP from Adilabad LS seat Soyam Bapurao has alleged that top party leaders prevented him from getting a ticket from his Lok Sabha seat. He said the party would give him ticket if it wanted to use his strength in the district.

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The BJP high command has announced its candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. It also announced nine candidates in Telangana State. Adilabad’s sitting MP Soyam Bapurao’s name did not figure in the first list. The high command has not made any announcement about Adilabad. As his name was not included in the first list, Bapu Rao responded by making shocking comments.

Speaking to media persons on Sunday, he said the party leaders were afraid that he would win from anywhere. “I’m not a bird that depends on a branch. A bird depends on its wings. I can fly by myself. I’ll take care of my way if I don’t get the ticket. The Adilabad parliamentary seat belongs to me. I’m the one who wins, too. The high command should think about what the party is,” he said.

He alleged that only those leaders, who had run away from contesting the elections in the 2019 MP elections, were now vying for the party ticket. “At a time when there was no strength of the party, I gave victory to the BJP on my own strength. I won ZPTCs, MPPs and even four party MLAs for the party. The party will give me a ticket if it wants my strength. I hope I will get a ticket in the second list. I am not a leader, who depends on anyone,” he said.

The BJP high command has announced BB Patil as its candidate for the Zaheerabad parliamentary seat. Patil is the sitting BRS party MP from the same seat. After he joined the BJP, the seat was given to BB Patil by the BJP high command. Ale Bhaskar, son of Ale Narendra, and Jaipal Reddy, son of former minister Bagareddy, have expected to get a ticket from the same Zaheerabad constituency. However, the party leaders are now unhappy that the ticket has been given to BB Patil, who is the new entrant to the BJP, and not the two existing party leaders.

It is learnt that Bhaskar, Bagareddy and their community members met BJP State president Kishan Reddy and protested against the party’s decision. The disgruntled leaders claimed that Patil had not made any development in the constituency for the last 10 years and that Patil had joined the BJP only for the sake of the party ticket as there is a possibility of BJP winning in Zaheerabad.

On the other hand, many party leaders in the Hyderabad constituency are reportedly unhappy with the BJP high command’s decision to declare Madhavi Latha as its candidate for the Hyderabad MP seat.

According to sources, the disgruntled leaders are questioning what kind of ticket will be allotted to Dr Madhavi latha, who is not a member of the party. Goshamahal constituency falls under the Hyderabad parliamentary constituency. Along with Goshamahal MLA Raja Singh, leaders like Uma Mahendra, Ponnam Venkataramana Rao and Umarani, who had worked for the party in the constituency for many years, are said to be blaming Madhavi Latha’s candidature.

They are questioning the BJP high command as to how a person who a party member is not can be given a ticket, and not them, who have been fighting against Owaisi in the Old City for years. Some leaders in the party have expressed displeasure over the BJP high command’s decision to declare Eatala Rajender as its candidate from Malkajgiri parliamentary constituency. Many BJP leaders were hoping for a ticket from this constituency. Many of the aspirants have termed the high command’s decision as a “bigotry”. Senior BJP leader Muralidhar Rao seems to be somewhat dissatisfied.

Muralidhar Rao also tweeted to the party activists on the ‘X’ (Twitter) platform. “I am thankful to the party activists, who have worked for me over the last few years. I’ll see you soon,”he said and added that he would discuss his future course of action. However, he reportedly told the party elders that he would abide by the decision taken by the high command. Since he has been in the BJP from the beginning, there is no possibility of him leaving the party. However, I will work for the success of Eatala Rajender in Malkajgiri? It will be interesting to see if he will go elsewhere and work.

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