Congress party appears to be in no hurry to take action against former Minister and Jagan loyalist Konda Surekha despite her provocative utterances against the leadership.
Notwithstanding the objectionable utterances made by the Ms. Surekha being taken to the notice of the high command by the APCC president D. Srinivas during his visit to New Delhi on Thursday, central leaders want to adopt a ‘wait and watch' policy for some more time as part of its ‘strategic restraint.'
Though, pressure is mounting on the leadership to crack the whip against the rebels in the party, indications suggest that it is not prepared to act in haste to avoid further complications in the State party.
Sources said Mr. Srinivas, during his meeting with the AICC president Sonia Gandhi, discussed the post-PR merger scenario and also the preparations for the byelections to Kadapa parliamentary constituency as well as Pulivendula Assembly seat. He is believed to have broached the subject of gross indiscipline of certain party leaders, who were repeatedly taking pot-shots at the high command, including Ms. Gandhi herself.
He later met Union Law Minister and the AICC general secretary in-charge of AP, Veerappa Moily.
Mr. Srinivas is believed to have told party leaders that the high command alone will decide what sort of role it intends to give to PR president K. Chiranjeevi in the coming days. The decision on inducting them into the Cabinet and giving them council tickets would also be decided by the central leadership, it is understood.
Talking to reporters later, Mr. Srinivas said the party stood good chances of winning the bypolls in Kadapa district. “We also discussed the preparation for the bypolls and also the council elections. Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy is working on identifying the candidates for the elections,” he said. On merger of PR, he said it gave additional strength to the Congress party.
Meanwhile, two former Ministers – P. Ramachandra Reddy and Shilpa Mohan Reddy — also met Ms. Gandhi, her political secretary Ahmed Patel and Mr. Moily. They are said to have complained against the style of functioning of the Chief Minister.