Euphoria in Telangana Congress seems to be short-lived

Enthused by the election results in neighbouring Karnataka state and claiming anti-incumbency in Telangana, the Congress leaders in the state are showing a rare camaraderie. The party that is known for infighting and groupism is now putting up a rare show of unity of senior leaders. In fact, they sulked and opposed the appointment of A Revanth Reddy as TPCC president. On Monday, one got to see scores of senior leaders standing in the queue at the party headquarters in New Delhi waiting to meet their leader Rahul Gandhi and President Mallikarjun Kharge.

Later talking to media persons, many of them said all is well in the party and they will unitedly fight the ensuing elections. They vowed to bring the party back to power in Telangana. On the other side, senior leader Renuka Chowdhary exposed the utter hollowness of their claims. She said there are coverts within her party and they are out to damage the prospects of Congress.

Former TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy fumed claiming that a section of leaders within the Congress party are spreading rumours against him and damaging his image. Most of the leaders who were vying to join the Congress party are either defeated candidates or those denied tickets by their parties. One should see if they can make any difference. Former MP Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy and former minister Jupally Krishna Rao announced their joining in the Congress party next month. They met Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi on Monday.

As claimed by the party leaders, they do not have independence in taking decisions pertaining to either the party or the government in states. For every decision, they should get clearance from the party’s high command in New Delhi. There were times when the leaders from the state made rounds to New Delhi and waited for days to get an appointment of top leadership.

By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao