Senior Congress leaders and Ministers asserted that a change in the leadership was not a solution to remedy the situation arising out of party's drubbing in the Assembly by-elections.

Revenue Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy said it was not proper to blame Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and AP Congress Committee president Botcha Satyanarayana for the party's debacle as “all of us are responsible collectively”.

“We should have taken enough precautions to avoid split in the Congress vote in Kovur,” he said.

‘Resignation no solution'

Deputy Chief Minister C. Damodar Rajanarsimha asserted that the resignation by the Ministers could not be a solution to the problems faced by the party.

Two other Ministers said the Congress' performance in Telangana continued to be below par, but the major cause of concern was the ease with which YSR Congress candidate N. Prasanna Kumar Reddy romped home in Kovur.

Meanwhile former Minister R. Damodar Reddy said the election results brought out the urgent need for the party leadership to take a firm stand on Telangana issue. Pending clarity from the Congress high command on the issue, Telangana supporters loyal to the Congress and the TDP preferred the BJP as was evident from the Mahabubnagar result.