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Updated: December 5, 2010 01:25 IST

Sonia discusses Andhra Pradesh situation

J. Balaji
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Holds meetings with State Congress leaders

As the Andhra Pradesh Congress government is facing one crisis after another, party president Sonia Gandhi has taken direct charge of the matters by holding a series of meetings with State Congress leaders.

Assisted by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, her political secretary Ahmed Patel, party in-charge of Andhra Pradesh Congress affairs M. Veerappa Moily and Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ms. Gandhi met PCC chief D. Srinivas and Union Minister S. Jaipal Reddy to discuss steps to counter the challenges faced by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy. Minister for IT Ponnala Lakshmaiah and Congress MLA Marri Sashidar Reddy also met her.

The issues of appointing a new PCC chief, nominees for the posts of Deputy Chief Minister and the Assembly Speaker and the rebellion by Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy were discussed at these meetings.

Mr. Jaipal Reddy told The Hindu that he discussed with Ms. Gandhi, various State-related matters, including the impact of Mr. Jaganmohan's resignation.

Ms. Gandhi's consultations with the leaders of the State is a follow-up of the party's core group meeting on Friday which decided to rally firmly behind the Kiran government as the party prepares to face the Telangana issue after Justice Srikrishna Committee submits its report by the end of this month.

Special Correspondent from Hyderabad reports:

Mr. Srinivas may continue in office for some more time in view of the changed circumstances following the demand by the weaker sections for a larger share of the political cake.

As the two-year-long tenure of Mr. Srinivas, a Backward Classes leader, has ended, the high command has been looking to appoint a successor. But it has decided to tread cautiously after the ruckus created by senior Ministers over the short shrift given to the weaker sections.

Moreover, the AICC is now more concerned about selecting its nominee for the post of Assembly Speaker as the winter session of the legislature is commencing on December 10.

Meanwhile, there was hectic lobbying for the key posts by various pressure groups. A section of partymen was canvassing in favour of Nadendla Manohar, who belongs to the Khamma community, for the Speaker's post.

But the name of Mr. Bhatti Vikramarka, Government Chief Whip, is also under consideration. Similarly, J. Geeta Reddy and C. Damodar Rajanarsimha are in the race for the Deputy Chief Minister's post.

TRS just had the largest gathering ever for a political party in AP and may be in India interms of voluntary participation by people. What more need to be said about the people's aspirations for separate State. If congress does not give in to the demand I see no future for congress in AP just like Telugudesam which has become almost defunct. Rather than going around with inane theories that Andhra politicians come up with there is no real demand from people for comnbined state people have already been divided on the regional lines. Hope sanity prevails and Telangana state forms soon.

from:  sami
Posted on: Dec 19, 2010 at 03:37 IST

The main problem what I feel is the behaviour and mindset of leaders in the Telengana region. If they have sincerity they would have represented the people of telangana properly and they would have put them in proper position. In present circumstances region has no meaning. Now a days information technology has developed, it very easy for e-governance from anywhere and any part. The only thing required is sicerity. If telangana people are really deprived, divide the state into zonal system. Give previlages and benefits zone wise. There are so many solutions for any problem. Carving a separate state is burdensome for the people of any region.

from:  salar
Posted on: Dec 13, 2010 at 23:48 IST

It need not be so pessimistic for Congress party. Yes Jagan effect will be there for some time. The euphoria in the gathering for Jagan in his Odarpu yatra is that people are seeing YSR in him. The YSR effect is more in the people rather than affection on Jagan. As the time passes he does not have any thing to say other than 'I am the son of late YSR'. How long the people hear him the same stereotype talk on the road in the yatra. So now it is the time for Congress to show its sincerity in implementing the programmes YSR has started. The other advantage also the other opposition than Jagan is also very weak and more unreliable and untreatable so these factors are also added advantage t the party. Coming few months shape the future of the politics in the state

from:  Gowthamikrishna
Posted on: Dec 8, 2010 at 12:06 IST

The so-called senior leaders from Telangana who were dead against YSR became active after his sudden death.These leaders have no mass following and I am sure they would never win a election if they contest. Mrs.Gandhi probably doesn't know that these same leaders are working against their own Govt by giving statements in favour of Telangana violating party discipline. If Mrs.Sonia Gandhi is the final authority to decide the issue ,they should keep silent.Mr.Jagan is becoming a mass leader with his speeches.The exit of Jagan is no doubt a serious blow to the Congress party.

from:  KVReddy
Posted on: Dec 7, 2010 at 19:43 IST

i agree with the comments of Venkat.Jagan is going to play the role of the spoiler and in the process, Chandrababu Naidu will be the gainer. Suddenly, naidu is getting breathing space in Andhra politics due to the mistakes committed by Congress.otherwise, he was almost a spent force.his political revival will be mainly due to Jagan fator.

from:  prasad
Posted on: Dec 7, 2010 at 14:11 IST

all is over for Congress in Andhra. Jagan factor atleast ensure Congress will not come to power again in Andhra.
When Chiranjeevi could get chunk of 15 percent votes, Jagan could get 10 percent of votes in THE WOREST CASE which is mainly Congress Party votes. 10 percent is the worest case scenario and many voters voted for YSR inthe last two elections. Nobody vote for these so-called senior leaders. Organizations and parties collapse purely due to arrogance and Congress high-command is in those lines in Andhra. The mistake high-command did was purely in the case of Jagan. High-command would have listened to all section of people instead of these senior leaders who are dead-against YSR/YSJagan. Itis so funny and surprise to see loosing YS Jagan who has good following and presently the only mass leader in Congress party. If the high-command had thought his age is the factor, it would have conveyed the same. But the treatment they gave to YSR Family is very poor and one sided.

from:  venkat
Posted on: Dec 6, 2010 at 13:26 IST

The Congress party already is in coma in the state and will die any movement. No surgeon can save the party. As staunch supporters of congress party started to hate the party. The remaining leaders are staying in the party because of their necessity to go along with their profession rather than love on the party. No leader can go and ask for votes in this current situation.

from:  Annaji
Posted on: Dec 6, 2010 at 10:51 IST
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