Hyderabad: Welcoming the appointment of the Transport Minister, Mr Botcha Satyanarayana, as new PCC chief by the Congress High Command, the outgoing State Congress president, Mr Dharmapuri Srinivas, has said that the former was like his younger brother and declared that he would extend his full cooperation to the new incumbent in the discharge of his functions as the new president of the party.
Speaking to mediapersons at his residence here on Tuesday, Mr Srinivas exuded confidence that Mr Botcha Satyanarayana would succeed in keeping the State party unit united on one track. Mr Srinivas also expressed his gratitude to the party High Command for giving him opportunity to steer the State Congress for two consecutive terms. Stating that he was a staunch supporter of separate Telangana State, he said that he had declared the point many a time when he was the PCC chief. He also clarified that the AICC leader in charge of State affairs, Mr Gulam Nabi Azad, did not say that the Centre would not give Telangana, but only said that the issue was a complex one.
Mr Srinivas felt that there was no tradition in the party that the post of PCC president should be given to a person of Telangana only. He said that there were occasions when all the important posts in the party and government were given to Telangana leaders. He reminded that when late Dr M Channa Reddy was chief minister, Mr Mallikarjun was appointed APCC president.
Stating that Telangana leaders advocating formation of separate Telangana State was not unusual, leaders hailing from other regions speaking in support of Telangana was a great thing, he, said, adding that under the present circumstances, Mr Botcha Satyanarayana was the only suitable candidate for the PCC post as he had declared several times that there was nothing wrong in bifurcating the State.
Stating that he was not aspiring for any post, Mr Srinivas said that he was totally satisfied as he got chances more than expected. Stating that he fared well as PCC president, Mr Srinivas refuted news reports that he was not maintaining cordial relations with the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy. There is no iota of truth in these reports, he said, adding that they were fabricated by the media.