Congress cadres burst crackers, distribute sweets

The Congress’ victory in Karnataka has showed the people’s acceptance to AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s politics and their aversion to illegal mining and corruption resorted to by BJP leaders, INTUC State secretary Sudarshan asserted on Wednesday. Terming it as Rahul Gandhi's first victory, he said the Congress would regain power in the State in 2014 elections.

Congress supporters led by MLC M. Sudhakar Babu celebrated the victory of the party in Karnataka by bursting crackers and distributing sweets at District Congress office here on Wednesday.

Mr. Sudhakar Babu said the victory was a morale booster to the party and supporters across the State. He said the party fared well in Haveri district in Karnataka where Union Minister Kotla Jayasuryapraksa Reddy, he and others campaigned in the elections.

Mr. Sudhakar Babu took exception to the derogatory statements made by TDP Polit Bureau member against Mr. Suryaprakasa Reddy over the railway wagon workshop. Mr. Krishna Murthy accused the Minister of giving publicity to the railway wagon workshop as integral coach factory. He said the Minister had never misled people by making false claims. In fact, the TDP leaders themselves charged the Minister with failure to get a coach factory but only wagon workshop. All the newspapers also described it as a midlife wagon workshop. Mr. K.E. Krishna Murthy should have learnt from his colleagues the status before taking up cudgels. He asked the TDP leaders not to spoil the development environment in the district by making adverse statements. He wanted to know who had prevented Mr. Krishna Murthy from bringing a major project to Kurnool when he was the MP.

In Kurnool, Minister for Minor Irrigation T.G. Venkatesh also said the stability offered by the Central government and welfare schemes introduced in Andhra Pradesh inspired Karnataka people to vote the Congress in power.

Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, he said the Karnataka victory would be a precursor to what was going to happen to Andhra Pradesh next year.

He said the Congress would be able to form the next government for the third time in the State. After the victory in the cooperative elections, the leaders who migrated to other parties were in a dilemma and those who had plans to leave the Congress had changed their minds.

He said the State government could ensure better development despite shortage of power and failed monsoon. However, the government was unable to propagate the good work done by it.

He dismissed the charges that the CBI was acting at the behest of the Congress party saying that most of the victims of CBI acts were Congress leaders be it the Central or State Ministers. Had it been so, the Congress would have managed to save its leaders. He said policy changes were needed to overcome the power shortage in the State like giving priority to wind power, solar power and efforts to secure gas allocation. P. Srinivasulu Setty was also present at the press meet.