Telangana Joint Action Committee chairman and now Telangana Jana Samithi chief Prof. Kodamdaram, is likely to contest from the Janagam Assembly constituency. As the party had almost cleared its talks with the Congress on the alliance and the number of seats, the Janagam is now sealed for Prof. Kodandaram who headed the JAC during the Telangana movement.
The Congress had cleared the TJS list giving Janagam, Medak, Dubbaka, Siddipet, Malkajgiri, Mahaboobnagar, Vardhannapet and Medchal. Though Prof. Kodandaram wanted Warangal East constituency, the TDP wanted it and insisted on this seat which is likely to have senior leader Revuri Prakash Reddy.
Prof. Kodandaram has been insisting on the Janagam constituency right from the beginning. Initially the Congress was not ready to give this seat as it was represented by senior leader Ponnala Lakshmaiah. Finally with the intervention of the AICC leadership, the Congress had given up this seat to the TJS and accommodated Ponnala Lakshmaiah at Warangal West.
Prof. Kodandaram is now placed comfortably at Janagam. Though there is demand that Prof. Kodandaram should contest from Ramagundam, it is said that the TJS chief is favouring Janagam, where most of his relatives reside. Interestingly, Prof. Kodandaram had played key role in creation of Janagam as the district headquarters in the recent past. With all this, it is for sure, Prof. Kodandaram would win the seat hands down, with the Congress and the TDP backing him in alliance.
Interestingly, Prof. Kodandaram is also the chairman of the grand alliance’s manifesto committee and manifesto implementation committee. He would lead the alliance on this front as the manifesto is the key for the voters to get convinced. If Prof. Kodandaram convinces the voters with their common manifesto, chances are bright for the alliance to wrest the power from the Telangana Rastra Samithi.