Congress in a fix as aspirants back out.
The bankruptcy in AP congress and Kiran Government is transparent as it is not getting even candidates to fight the ensuing bye polls.
The Congress party's effort for early finalization of candidates for the ensuing by-elections to 18 Assembly constituencies has run into a roadblock as some aspirants whom it had zeroed in on are slowly backing out.
Sources said some aspirants have started making excuses to avoid contesting the polls. This problem has come to the fore in Allagadda, Anantapur, Macherla, Payakaraopet, Polavaram and Parkal constituencies. Congress leader Gangula Pratap Reddy dropped a bombshell when he said that neither he nor his brother Prabhakar Reddy had made up their mind on contesting from Allagadda.
In Anantapur, Congress leaders failed to convince local MP Ananta Venkatarami Reddy to field his brother Subba Reddy. It is faced with a daunting task in Udayagiri constituency after two probable candidates - Madala Janakiram and Kambham Vijayarami Reddy - reportedly expressed their inability to contest. In Ongole, efforts are on to rope in former MP Magunta Parvathamma. If she refuses, the mantle may fall on Mantri Srinivasa, a leader of the erstwhile Praja Rajyam.
Congress faces a peculiar situation in Macherla constituency, where leaders from the Reddy community are showing no inclination to take on the YSR Congress. The party vainly trying to convince Pinelli Laxma Reddy and Punna Reddy to enter the fray.