Andhra Pradesh

Botcha suspended from Congress

PCC president N. Raghuveera Reddy addressing the media in Srikakulam on Friday.Photo: Basheer  

Former Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president Botcha Satyanarayana was suspended from the Congress party for alleged anti-party activities.

Order to this effect was received by the office of the APCC president N. Raghuveera Reddy here. The suspension comes days after the former Minister and senior Congress leader from North Coastal Andhra hinted at joining the YSR Congress party. Sources said Mr. Satyanarayana maintained that he had already sent his resignation letter to the AICC president Sonia Gandhi and the State party chief three days ago.

‘No impact on Congress’

Staff Reporter adds: Mr. Raghuveera Reddy on Friday said Mr. Satyanarayana was suspended from party for ‘anti-party’ activities. Speaking to mediapersons Mr Reddy said his suspension will not have any impact on the Congress.

The PCC president, who also addressed party workers meeting, sought a CBI probe into TDP MLA A. Revanth Reddy's episode and has challenged AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to face the inquiry if he really did not offer kickbacks in Telangana MLC elections.

He said Mr. Revanth Reddy could not escape from the bribery charges. "Former BJP president Bangaru Lakshman was sent to jail after he was caught accepting Rs.1 lakh as bribe. The same rule should be applied in this case and guilty should be punished," he said.

DCC chief quits

Following suspension of Mr. Satyanarayana by the party high command, DCC president P. Vijaya Kumar and APCC general secretary Y. Ramana Murty resigned from the party and decided to sail with Mr. Satyanarayana. A number of his supporters would follow suit as Mr. Satyanarayana and his family members (former MP B. Jhansi Lakshmi, former MLAs B. Appala Narasaiah and B. Appala Naidu) have decided to join YSRC in the presence of Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy at Lotus Pond in Hyderabad on June 7, according to party sources.

Meanwhile, Mr Raghuveera Reddy has appointed Yadla Adiraju, party spokesperson and close confidant of Mr. Satyanarayana, as the DCC president. But the DCC chief has no office because the district Congress office that was located on the ground floor of Satya Lodge was owned by Botcha family and it has been closed now.



Botcha Satyanarayana along with his family members will join YSRC in Hyderabad tomorrow




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