Ghulam Nabi Azad summons PCC chief Botcha to Delhi

The Congress high command is slowly losing hope of convincing the Majlis-Ittehadul-Muslimeen (MIM) to reverse its stand and is considering a via media where the party headed by Asaduddin Owaisi continues as UPA partner.

Given the deep-rooted grievance of the MIM against the Kiran Kumar Reddy government, the Congress leadership is veering round to the view that the MIM is unlikely to re-think on its decision to pull the plug on it.

Against this backdrop, AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad summoned PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana who reached New Delhi on Thursday night. The issue of Telangana may also come up for discussion.

Knowledgeable sources said the AICC leaders would impress upon the MIM to continue its support at the national level at any cost without putting undue pressure on Majlis leaders to back the Kiran government. These leaders are unhappy with the MIM for projecting the Congress as a communal party.

At the same time, they have made known their displeasure to State leaders for taking two full days to react to Mr. Owaisi’s controversial remarks. The high command is not too pleased with Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy’s handling of the Bhagyalakshmi temple issue. Though they have appreciated his administrative capabilities, they are credited with the view that politically he has proved to be unequal to the situation.

A senior AICC leader reportedly remarked recently that issues that could have been handled at the State level were thrust on the central leadership. Moreover, issues brought to the Chief Minister’s notice by the MIM from time to time had not been redressed.

Even a section of the Muslim elders were cut up with the present regime that their representations did not elicit any response, quite unlike the situation when YSR was the Chief Minister. On the other hand, the Chief Minister’s aides claim that his firm handling of the temple controversy had earned him the goodwill of the majority community.