Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: In a move that has caught Congress circles in surprise, senior MLA of the ruling party V.Purushottam Reddy has lashed out at Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy for the `lax administration and scandals that have become the order of the day". Speaking to the media at the Assembly on Wednesday, Mr. Purushottam Reddy said not a single day had passed under the Congress rule without some scandal getting mentioned in newspapers.

However, there was just silence on part of the Chief Minister and the administration in denying any of those, giving room to the suspicion that there could be some truth in the reports.

The image of the Congress Government had taken a beating because of the media exposures, yet there was no attempt to rectify the mistakes, he said. He urged AICC president Sonia Gandhi to take note of this and respond immediately.

Telangana sentiment too was becoming stronger with each passing day and the defeat of the Congress party in the elections to the Council from the graduate and teachers' constituencies reflected it.

The success of TRS candidates in the recent council elections could not be ignored by the Congress, he said.

Another senior Congress leader P.Janardhan Reddy, Khairatabad MLA, too demanded convening of a senior leaders' meeting by the party to discuss the issues.

He insisted he was not asking Dr. Reddy to step down as of now, but situation certainly demanded immediate introspection as things were fast getting out of party's control.