Hyderabad: The Minister for Textiles and Handlooms, Dr P Shankar Rao, on Thursday felt that lack of coordination among the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, the PCC president, Mr D Srinivas, ministers and MLAs has caused the defeat of the Congress candidates in Legislative Council elections from local bodies constituencies.
Speaking at the Assembly Media point, Dr Shankar Rao said that the Congress, the TDP and the YSR Congress (Jagan Group) have won three seats each. Reminding that the Congress lost three sitting seats, he said that though the Congress had enough strength, it could not retain the sitting seats due to various reasons. The results might have been different had the Chief Minister coordinated with the ministers, the MLCs and the PCC president. He reminded that the late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had ensured victory to the Congress in the MLC elections with proper coordination, he added. The Congress might have bagged all the six sitting seats, if the Chief Minister properly coordinated with the ministers and MLAs, he opined.
The Minister felt that the MPTCs had voted against the party candidates in some constituencies due to dissidence against the official candidates. Reminding that the party had given ticket to Mr Naresh Kumar Reddy, who tore Ms Sonia Gandhi and YSR flexi in Khammam, Dr Shankar Rao said that the Congress MPTCs were not willing to vote for him in the MLC election due to his action. He also stated that the Chief Minister should coordinate with all groups in the party in the ensuing municipal, Panchayat Raj and cooperative elections. (NSS)