Staff Reporter

Jagan is the sole hope for the party, says Surekha

YSR was a true lover of nature, she says

GUNTUR: Congress party will be routed in the 2010 local body elections if Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is not made the president of Pradesh Congress Committee, former minister Konda Surekha said. Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, though an able administrator, lacked the crowd pulling skills she asserted and added that the time was ripe for making Jagan the PCC president.

She arrived here on Tuesday night from Kadapa. She told media persons at the Inspection Bunglow on Wednesday before leaving for Ponnekallu in Tadikonda mandal, where she unveiled four statues, including a bronze one of Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy. The former minister reiterated that Mr. Jagan continues to be the sole hope for the party. Referring to the mixed results in the GHMC elections, she said that the party suffered from lack of unity. But, the party was set to return to power in 2014 both at the Centre and the State and the Congress leadership would take a decision at an appropriate time, she asserted.

At the public meeting at Ponnekallu she said that the late YSR was a true lover of nature and relaxed amidst green environs. Minister for Secondary Education D.M. Vara Prasad Rao, former APIIC Chairman Ambati Rambabu and AMC Chairman Lella Appireddy were present.

The visit of Surekha to the district generated much curiosity as a large number of banners with photos of pro-Jagan district leaders welcoming her were displayed on the main roads in the city. But, only a few leaders turned up for the meeting.

Loyalists of Jagan including Appireddy, Rambabu and M. Nagarjuna, had mobilised large crowds in Tadikonda Constituency represented by Mr. Manikya Vara Prasada Rao.