Warangal: The Congress party chose Dommati Sambaiah, a former police inspector as the party’s candidate to contest the Warangal Parliamentary seat.
The 57-year-old prevailed over 34 aspirants including former MP Sircilla Rajaiah, TPCC general secretary Koturi Manavatha Roy and TPCC SC cell vice-president Pasula Yaka Swamy who all lobbied hard for the Warangal Lok Sabha ticket.
Dommati Sambaiah quit his job as a police inspector to join politics in 2004. He began his political career as sarpanch of Mallakpet village and was also elected as vice-chairman of the Mandal Praja Parishad. He contested from Parkal Assembly constituency on the Telugu Desam party (TDP) ticket in 2004 but lost.
He served as the TDP district general secretary of Warangal district and was also the state official spokesperson of the party. In 2009, his bid to contest the Warangal Lok Sabha seat resulted in defeat after he managed to secure only 1.35 lakh votes. Later in 2014, he contested from Station Ghanpur Assembly constituency (SC) but could not win.
He quit the TDP in 2015 and joined the YSR Congress. He rose to the rank of Warangal district president but joined the Congress party in 2017 along with A. Revanth Reddy.
Sambaiah who belongs to the Madiga community did his postgraduation in Political Science from Kakatiya University.
As a kabaddi national player, he represented the state and nation and won several medals for his school and Kakatiya University.
Mr Sambaiah thanked the All India Congress Committee and vowed to strive hard to win and not disappoint the leadership which reposed faith in him. He said he would work towards fulfilling the promises in the AP Reorganisation Act like the Bayyaram steel factory and the tribal university.