Former minister and senior Congress leader T Jeevan Reddy today filed his nomination papers for the Karimnagar-Nizamabad-Adilabad-Medak graduates' quota MLC seat in the Karimnagar district collectorate.
Accompanied by other senior leaders of the party, Reddy went the Collectorate and submitted his papers to the Karimnagar district Collector and Returning Officer for the seat, Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Addressing mediapersons later, Reddy thanked party president Rahul Gandhi for giving him an opportunity to contest for the seat. He then launched the mandatory diatribe against the TRS alleging that the ruling party had failed to implement the unemployment allowance scheme for the youth and the fee reimbursement scheme for poor students.
He said that he had decided to contest the MLC election to be able to raise his voice in the Legislative Council about the problems of the poor.
Meanwhile, another senior Congress leader, TPCC Treasurer Gudur Narayana Reddy, filed his nomination papers for another MLC seat, under the MLAs' quota.
His name had been announced by the party high command on Thursday.
The Congress has 19 MLAs in the House, and requires the support of two more MLAs to win the seat Narayana Reddy is contesting for. For this the party is seeking the support of its alliance partner the TDP, and is likely to win the seat if the TDP agrees.
The TRS has announced that it will contest all the five MLC seats under the MLAs' quota which will become vacant soon. While it has fielded four of its own party members, it has left one seat for its unofficial ally the MIM.