A peculiar situation haunts the Congress, despite the party winning majority in the cooperative polls, as the intense competition and lobbying by aspirants are making it difficult for the top leadership to reach a consensus on the candidate for the post of DCCB Chairperson.
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana have begun efforts to make the warring Ministers, MLAs and senior leaders to come to an understanding.
Ranga Reddy, Kadapa, Chittoor, Prakasam, Guntur, Anantapur and Krishna are the hot spots as party members have refused to heed to the leadership’s advice in these districts. In fact, there were heated exchanges during the review meetings of Visakhapatnam and Ranga Reddy leaders in the presence of APCC observers and district in-charge ministers.
A strange situation persists in some districts, with rival groups taking PACS chiefs on holiday to prevent poaching till the DCCB chief’s election on February 18.
Party leaders say that Ministers themselves have formed rival groups in several districts. For instance, it is a battle between Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy and the group led by Minister Prasada Kumar and local MLAs in Ranga Reddy district. Minister P. Balaraju and Ganta Srinivasa Rao are backing rival candidates in Visakhapatnam. In a virtual ‘U’ turn, the Congress leadership is said to have given up the idea of barring the 444 defaulting PACSs from voting. It fears that a majority of Congress-backed societies could be out of polling, if they are denied an opportunity.