Hyderabad: BJP leaders are making a beeline for tickets to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Telangana. The talk in BJP circles is that a berth in the Narendra Modi Union Cabinet is certain for two to three MPs from Telangana, and this has led to a rush for Parliamentary seats compared to the demand for Assembly segments.
A senior Sangh parivar worker told this correspondent that even the surveys by different agencies have revealed that there are more chances for BJP candidates contesting for the Lok Sabha polls than those standing for the Assembly elections.
“There is a Modi wave sweeping across the country and everyone wants to cash on it. They are confident that Mr Modi will become the Prime Minister and two to three MPs from Telangana will be given berths in the Union ministry,” he said.
The alliance between the TD and the BJP is yet to be formally announced. It is believed that the BJP is believed to be demanding 70 Assembly segments and 11 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana, another 25 Assembly seats and five Lok Sabha seats in Seemandhra.
Among the Lok Sabha seats, the BJP is insisting on Secunderabad, Hydera-bad, Malkajgiri, Medak, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda.
While old warhorse and two-time MP Bandaru Dattatreya is seeking a ticket from the Secunderabad Lok Sabha seat, Sangh workers are in favour of BJP state president G. Kishan Reddy.
Mr Prem Singh Rathod is also seeking a ticket from this constituency presently held by Anjan Kumar Yadav of the Congress. Another BJP sitting MLA, Lakshminarayana, wants an upgrade from his Nizamabad Assembly seat to the Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat.
Likewise, Baddam Balreddy, T. Raja Singh, Nanda Kishore Vyas are in the queue for the Hyderabad parliamentary constituency, another three candidates each are in race for Malkajgiri and Karimnagar.Party cadre want the seats to be given to Mr Nallu Indrasena Reddy and Ch Vidyasagar Rao respectively.