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Telangana Assembly polls: 1 family, 1 ticket musical chairs

Published Nov 21, 2018, 1:31 am IST
Updated Nov 21, 2018, 3:57 am IST
Mom, son sacrifice alternate elections.
P. Karthik Reddy and Sabitha Indra Reddy
 P. Karthik Reddy and Sabitha Indra Reddy

Hyderabad: In the previous elections the mother sacrificed her seat for the sake of her son. 

In the present elections the son has made the sacrifice for the sake of his mother. 


This family sacrifice became necessary because of the one-ticket-to-one-family rule of the Congress party, and former state home minister Sabitha Indra Reddy’s family has to abide by it.

In the 2014 combined assembly cum Lok Sabha elections, Sabitha Indra Reddy wanted to contest from the Maheswaram Assembly constituency, and her son P. Karthik Reddy wanted to contest the Chevella Lok Sabha seat. Since they would not both get a ticket, Sabitha Indra Reddy stood down in favour of her son. 

The Congress party gave Karthik the Chevella Lok Sabha ticket and the Maheswaram Assembly ticket went to former MLA Malreddy Ranga Reddy. TRS candidate Konda Visweswar Reddy won the Chevella Lok Sabha seat with a majority of 73,023 and Telugu Desam candidate Tigala Krishna Reddy won the Maheswaram Assembly seat by more than 30,000 votes.


In the present assembly elections, Sabitha and son Karthik both wanted to contest; Sabitha from Chevella and Karthik from Rajendranagar, said sources. 

Both worked hard in their constituencies. In the first list, Sabitha’s name was cleared for the Chevella assembly constituency, but in the sharing of seats with its allies, the Rajendranagar seat was allotted to the Telugu Desam. 

An angry Karthik filed his nomination from Rajendranagar as a rebel candidate. 

But finally, he decided to withdraw his election nomination.


Karthik Reddy said if his mother had been given the Maheswaram assembly ticket four years ago, they both would have won. He told this newspaper: “In the previous elections my mother had sacrificed her seat, now I have decided to withdraw my nomination as an independent candidate in the political interests of my mother.”

Location: India, Telangana, Hyderabad