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Azad leaves unhappy for Delhi

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Work in coordination, AICC general secretary tells Kiran, party leaders

All India Congress Committee general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad expressed unhappiness over the lack of coordination between the party and the government as indicated by the spate of complaints lodged by the leaders at different levels.

Mr. Azad, who was closeted with Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and APCC president D. Srinivas at the end of his two-day visit to the State, was understood to have directed the leaders in party and the government to work in coordination and give no scope for discontent among the leaders and cadre. He is said to have counselled Mr. Reddy to take all party leaders on board to redress their grievances.

Earlier, speaking to reporters, the AICC leader admitted that there was a need to give “very high boost” to the morale of the cadre. There was overwhelming support from the cadre for Congress president Sonia Gandhi's leadership and an equally strong emphasis on the need to strengthen the party organisation.

“I will consolidate the views expressed by the leaders,” he told reporters.

Mr. Azad had a series of meetings on Tuesday too, which however, were dominated by the concerns expressed by leaders over the likely impact of YSR Congress Party on the State politics as also the arguments for and against separate Telangana. He interacted with Ministers, legislators, and party functionaries while leaders from Telangana and Seemandhra met him in separate delegations reiterating their stated positions on the statehood issue.

Sources said Telangana leaders reasoned that creation of separate State could neutralise the Jagan factor and there would be the party's governments in the two States.

Simultaneously, the Seemandhra leaders and MPs were firm that there should be no bifurcation. They wanted the Centre to expedite a decision on statehood to ease the ‘tense' atmosphere.

But the focal point of these interactions with leaders from the two regions was the damage that Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy could inflict on the party if an early decision was not taken on the statehood issue.

Equally significant was a complaint lodged against the Chief Minister in writing in which four MLAs from Chittoor -- P. Ramachandra Reddy, G. Kuthuhulamma (Gangadhara Nellore), P. Ravi (Puthalapattu), and Shajahan (Madanapalle) -- demanded a change in leadership in the State. Mr. Azad returned to New Delhi later in the night.

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