K M Dayashankar
KARIMNAGAR: Former Karimnagar Mayor and senior TRS leader S Ravinder Singh has sprung a surprise by filing his nomination papers from the Karimnagar Local Authorities Constituency as an Independent candidate for the biennial elections to the State Legislative Council on Tuesday.
Even as the TRS had announced the party tickets former TDP state president L Ramana and former MLC T Bhanu Prasad Rao, Mr Ravinder Singh, who had aspired to the party ticket for the MLC elections, had filed his nomination papers as an Independent candidate from Karimnagar LAC.
Mr Singh expected the party ticket for the MLC elections since the last municipal elections. He was reportedly denied the Mayor post for the second term on the assurance of allocating MLC ticket. But, at the last minute, his hopes were shattered. Dejected over the denial of party ticket, he filed his nominations as an independent candidate along with his supporters.
A former BJP leader and municipal corporator joined the TRS since its inception and actively participated in the statehood movement. He was instrumental in the construction of Telangana martyrs memorial and Telangana thalli statue in Karimnagar town during the statehood movement. As Karimnagar Mayor, Mr Singh was instrumental in launching several innovative schemes such as Re 1 a tap connection for below poverty line people and conduct of last rites of departed persons at Re 1 for all sections of society by the Municipality. Incidentally, Mr Singh emerged as the first Sikh to become Mayor in entire the South India.
When contacted Mr Ravinder Singh said that he was confident of TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao would definitely announce his candidature for the MLC elections from Karimnagar. When asked what would be his future course of action if the party denies the ticket, he said that there was no question of denial of the party ticket to him. However, he said that he would talk about the issue on Wednesday evening.