No Takers for the ‘Jinxed’ Speaker Post in Telangana
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has been facing a peculiar problem in finding a suitable candidate for the post of Speaker in Legislative Assembly.
This is because of the belief among the TRS leaders that the Speaker’s Chair is ‘jinxed’, none of the TRS seniors who won Assembly elections is willing to take up this job. Most of the earlier Speakers were defeated in the elections and lost their political ground.
In the past, Narayana Rao, P Ramachandra Reddy, D Sripada Rao, Pratibha Bharathi and K R Suresh Reddy worked as Speakers for Undivided AP. Only Yanamala Ramakrishnudu was an exception but later he also faced political problems by losing elections consecutively. In the end, all of them lost subsequent Assembly elections and went into political oblivion.
The first speaker of Telangana Legislative Assembly Madhusudhana Chary lost Assembly seat from Bhupalapally despite TRS wave across the state.
This triggered panic among TRS seniors that if they take up Speaker’s post, it will be the end of their political careers. The party seniors are pleading with KCR to look for other alternatives if they are offered the post.