Hyderabad: On hindsight, the High Command choosing Transport Minister Botsa Satyanarayana as the new Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president is obvious.
A dynamic leader and emphatically communicative with lot of clarity in delivering his message, Mr Satyanarayana, hailing from Vijayanagaram district was an automatic choice for the High Command.
Government sources maintain that contrary to media reports, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy was very much behind the cited selection as latter strictly went by the merit which seems to have played the main role in the appointment of the current chief of APCC.
At a time when the party was passing through a crucial phase with many a hurdles specifically a threat from the defiant Kadapa leader and former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s son YS Jaganmohan Reddy, Mr Satyanarayana’s name came as a kind of windfall for the local as well as High Command which also had no other better alternative.
Known for his dynamism with robust inherent sense, adroit expression and non controversial approach, ‘Sathibabu,’ as he is referred to, will occupy his new post sending clearing signals that party discipline was supreme and business meant business and nothing else.
Reliable sources indicated that Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy was most in favour of ‘Sathibabu’ who is ‘ambidextrous’ in handling any issue and carrying all sections along with him particularly for preparing the party for the next general elections which is a challenge in Andhra Pradesh for the Congress.
After a 11-year gap, an Andhra man from Cheepurupalli, Vijayanagaram has been made PCC chief. After YSR’s term as PCC chief during 1998-2000, the post had not gone to any Andhraite or to a leader from Rayalaseema.
A Telanganaite, M Satyanarayana Rao was made PCC president in 2000 and for 2003-04 D Srinivas was made APCC chief. He was followed by K Keshava Rao who occupied the seat in 2004 as a figure head and continued till 2007. Mr Srinivas was brought back and made PCC president.
His name was said to be in the reckoning but Mr Satyanarayana, a BC leader, did not care to go round the leadership. He was of that caliber and make.
Perhaps he thought he would be the ultimate choice of the Delhi leadership since they found themselves at the crossroads and were on the lookout for a person who could also revive Kapus’ strength in Coastal districts.
The High Command chose to send signals that it was more after a man of action (rather than D Srinivas from Nizamabad ) who could fill the bill carrying the party flag forward, especially at a time when Mr Jaganmohan Reddy is emerging as a potential threat to the party, more so in Coastal Andhra.
Mr Satyanarayana was a Lok Sabha Member from Bobbili from 1999 to 2004 and was the lone Congress MP from the AP coast. He entered politics in 1979 and had served as the district Youth Congress president.
After a stint as PCC general secretary, he served as chairman of the DCCB.
He was re-elected in 2009 after 2004-09 elections when he joined YSR Cabinet and held different portfolios.(INN)