Leaders from the Goud community and other backward classes are lobbying for two council seats that will become vacant on May 27. The seats were previously held by leaders from Muslim and Christian communities, who had held them twice before. The party leaders feel that this time, the pink party should accommodate backward class leaders. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao promised to give MLC seats to some leaders who joined BRS from other parties ahead of the Munugode elections. BC leaders like K Swamy Goud and D Sravan Kumar had joined BRS from BJP during the bypoll. Congress leader B Bikshmaiah Goud from Alair in Nalgonda district also joined BRS as his followers said that he was offered a Council seat. There were speculations that former minister Tummala Nageshwar Rao may join another party, but he has attended recent Atmeeya Sammelans organized by the BRS. The names of Telangana State Public Service Commission’s former Chairman Ganta Chakrapani, Arikela Narsa Reddy, M Narsimhulu, Gangadhar Goud and others are also doing rounds.
The party nominated K Naveen Rao, Deshapati Srinivas and Ch Venkatram Reddy in the recent vacancies to three council posts. Now the party leaders want these two seats to go to the BCs. KCR would be extra cautious in finalizing the names of the candidates because these seats are under the Governor’s quota. There has been a rift between KCR and the Governor in the past, and KCR wants to ensure that there would be no ground for the Governor to reject the recommendations.