The District Congress Committee (DCC) president and MLA Gandra Venkata Ramana Reddy was accorded a grand welcome by the party workers here on Sunday when he returned to the district after being appointed as government chief whip.

Party workers brought Mr. Ramana Reddy in a rally atop a jeep till the District Congress Bhavan in Hanamkonda.

Ministers P. Lakshmaiah and B. Saraiah, MLAs – M Kavitha and K Sridhar, MP S Rajaiah, T Vidyasagar and others were present.

Addressing the party leaders, Mr Venkataramana Reddy said the party always recognised those who worked sincerely for the party development and said he was happy with the appointment as chief whip.