Hyderabad: The Jagtial constituency has been a Congress bastion in Telangana’s undivided Karimnagar with senior party leader T Jeevan Reddy having won six times from the seat.
Reddy was elected as an MLA for six times consecutively – 1983, 1989, 1996, 1999, 2004 and 2014 – from the Jagtial constituency.
Although Reddy was defeated by L Ramana of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the 2009 elections and lost to TRS leader and the now CM of Telangana K Chandrashekhar Rao in the Karimnagar by-elections in 2008, he continues to be the man of trust for the Grand Old Party.
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In the 2014 assembly polls, Reddy had defeated TRS candidate Sanjay Kumar by a margin of 7,828 votes. This time, the TRS has again fielded Sanjay Kumar against him.
Jeevan Reddy is contesting his tenth election. Of the nine elections he fought, he lost three of them.
Reddy is confident that the Prajakutami (People’s alliance) of Congress, TDP, TJS and CPI would win with a comfortable majority and form the nest government in the state.
Jeevan Reddy claims Congress deserves a chance as it was Sonia Gandhi who took steps for granting statehood to Telangana.
The Congress which had won just 22 seats in the last assembly elections is now pinning hopes on the alliance and is hoping to bag 70-75 seats.
The state will go to polls in a single phase on December 7 and the counting of votes will be held on December 11.