HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) took strong objection to Telangana Rashtra Samiti’s criticism of the Congress claiming that the remarks reflected the party’s fears of losing ground to the Congress.

Speaking to reporters here on Monday, APCC spokesman N. Tulasi Reddy said the TRS lost confidence of the people of the region.

From 20 per cent vote share in the elections to local bodies in 2001, the year of its inception, the TRS’ votes dropped to a meagre 6.1 per cent in 2006. The Congress, at the same time, improved its share from 24.7 per cent votes in 2004 Assembly elections to 39.3 per cent in the local bodies’ elections in 2006.

People of the region were geared up to “teach a fitting lesson” to the TRS in the forthcoming byelections .

He refuted the charge of TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao that the government was “indiscriminately” selling lands in Telangana.