Revanth Reddy, Telangana Congress working president was detained
Revanth Reddy, the Congress candidate from Kodangal in Telangana, was detained early today for trying to "obstruct" a public meeting of caretaker chief minister and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrashekhar Rao. In a notice to the Congress party, the state election body said, on December 2, a "protest call" was given by Mr Reddy to stop KCR's campaign rally in Kodangal.
The poll body said a law and order situation could arise as Mr Reddy's supporters may try to stop the rally, where KCR's party men would also be present.
In the run up to the polls in Telangana, this is the second time Mr Reddy faced the ire of the Election Commission. He was one of the five politicians, who were served notices after the poll body received various complaints against them for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct.
Telangana poll body's notice to Congress on Revanth Reddy
Warning notices were issued to Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao, Congress leader Revanth Reddy, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders Vanteru Pratap Reddy and Revuri Prakash Reddy.
Mr Reddy, who was earlier with the TDP, stirred controversy when he was caught on camera allegedly offering money to a lawmaker reportedly on behalf of Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu in the cash for votes case. Mr Reddy had even gone to jail and is now facing Income Tax cases after Rs 50 lakh was seized at his residence in October.
Telangana will vote on December 7 to elect lawmakers for its 119 constituencies. The counting of votes will take place on December 11. The state Assembly was prematurely dissolved in September on the recommendation of the ruling TRS government.