PCC president slammed for attending Rajahmundry meeting
Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president Botcha Satyanarayana faced the Telangana heat within the party as he was interrupted from delivering his Republic Day speech at Gandhi Bhavan on Saturday.
As he was about to unfurl the tricolour, the PCC president was interrupted by party general secretary N. Indrasain Reddy who raised objection to the former attending the meeting convened by MP V. Aruna Kumar at Rajahmundry. Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and other leaders watched the development as another senior leader Sridhar Reddy raised slogans “Andhra go back”.
APCC general secretary G. Niranjan and MLA P. Sudhakar Reddy pacified the agitated members. The irate Telangana leaders, however, boycotted the breakfast hosted by the party president later. The Telangana leaders said the APCC chief ceased to be the party president in Telangana.
Senior leaders like K. Keshava Rao opined that Mr. Botcha ought to have weighed the pros and cons in attending the meeting as his presence was tantamount to giving an official stamp to the meeting.
Meanwhile, Congress leaders from Telangana are gearing up to hold a similar meeting to give point-by-point rebuttal next week. Agitated by the tone and tenor of the remarks at the meeting, Telangana Congress leaders have realised that unless they also come out with a strong defence in support of the statehood issue, people were likely to believe Mr. Vundavalli’s observations.
Sources said senior leader like K. Keshava Rao and party MPs discussed the modalities of holding a meeting in Nizam College grounds on Saturday or Sunday. The meeting would basically concentrate on refuting the issues raised by Mr. Vundavalli.
“The meeting has certainly impacted a section of the people in the State. If we do not react to it by enlightening people about the facts, our cause would be damaged,” a senior MP remarked. The Telangana Congress leaders on Saturday had telephonic discussions and decided to expose the conspiracy being hatched by the Seemandhra leaders to stall Telangana.