Former Pradesh Congress Committee secretary and leader of the movement for Backward Classes empowerment Kolanukonda Sivaji has said that Minister for Secondary Education K. Parthasarathy and Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal should take responsibility for the Congress being in the third place in the first two phases of the panchayat elections in Krishna district.

The party had finished behind the Telugu Desam and the YSR Congress in the number of sarpanch seats won by candidates it supported.

Mr. Sivaji, in a release, said the Congress State leadership should focus on the sorry state of affairs in the party district unit.

He said the people of the district voted for the Telugu Desam more out of aversion towards the Congress leadership than love for the Telugu Desam.