New Delhi: The strong anti-Jagan Mohan Reddy stance taken by Mr Botcha Satyanarayana and his pro-Telangana stand were the main reasons why the Congress High Command has selected him for the key PCC post at a time when the party was to prepare for the local body elections and when the Telangana region was simmering with the statehood sentiment.
Mr Botcha, right from the beginning, has been stating that he was for the Telangana State, even as his other Cabinet colleagues from the Seemandhra region were strongly opposing it. He has also taken a strong anti-Jagan stand from the time Jagan left the Congress party. The party would like to send clear signals to the people of Telangana that it had selected a leader who had a soft corner for them. At the same time, it had also sent a signal to the Jagan camp that a leader who could fight him was selected. The party has decided that a strong leader who could at times be aggressive was needed to face the Jagan factor and zeroed in on Botcha. Caste-wise also Mr Botcha was favoured as he belonged to the Kapu community, a majority community of the BCs. There is a sizeable population of Kapus even in the Telangana region.
Mr Botcha has been clear on the Telangana issue right from the beginning and has been stating that while it was up to the party High Command and the Union government to decide the issue, heavens would not fall if a separate State was carved out of Andhra Pradesh. This is the reason why there was no opposition to him in the Telangana region.
The Congress High Command was totally disappointed with the party’s performance in the Kadapa by-elections and was reportedly of the opinion that the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy could not prove to be an effective leader. Though the party leadership became disappointed at his performance, it is learnt that it does not want to change him as it would send wrong signals to the people that the Congress was once again following the old procedure of changing the leaders too often from New Delhi. In this context, the party High Command was of the view that there was need for a strong and dynamic leader to head the PCC. It was in this context that Botcha was selected.