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Lagadapati blamed for Congress party’s defeat in five constituencies

Defeated candidates to present their version of circumstances that led to the situation

In-depth post-mortem into poor show sought

VIJAYAWADA: Disgruntled elements in the Congress are going to make the best out of the visit of Rajya Sabha member K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao to Ampapuram, his native village, on Thursday.

The Congress candidates, who were defeated in the recent elections, along with their followers are planning to meet Dr. Rao and present him with their ‘side of the story’ and the circumstances that led to their defeat, some of them by very narrow margins. The brunt of the attack is likely to fall on Vijayawada Lok Sabha candidate Lagadapati Rajagopal, who won even as five of the party candidates in the seven segments of his Parliamentary constituency lost. The party cadres from the segments where the Congress candidates were defeated are all set to point accusing figures at Mr. Rajagopal for the debacle. The party workers from Jaggayyapeta, Nandigama, Mylavaram, Vijayawada East and Vijayawada West Assembly constituencies plan to propose that the party come to their rescue by giving them more posts to keep the morale of the cadre from sinking any further.

‘Poor performance’

They want the party high command to send senior party leaders for conducting an in-depth post-mortem into the ‘poor performance’ of the party in these constituencies even as it performed with flying colours everywhere else in the State. Penamaluru MLA K. Parthasarathy, who has been inducted into the Cabinet and made Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries, is scheduled to come to the district on Thursday. Party city president Pyla Sominaidu said the new Minister would be given a warm welcome by Congress workers. Mr. Rajagopal is also scheduled to come to the city on Thursday from Hyderabad by Narsapur Express.