Hyderabad: Transport Minister Botsa Satyanarayana began his assigned task of rejuvenating the listless cadre, curb dissension in the party ranks, bring peace among Cabinet Ministers on odds with each other, apart from handling other responsibilities by taking charge as the Pradesh Congress Committee president at the Gandhi Bhavan on Saturday.
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, former chief ministers K Rosaiah and Nedurumalli Janardhan Reddy, outgoing PCC president D Srinivas, Union Minister S Jaipal Reddy, AICC Additional In-Charge of AP Affairs KV Krishnamurthy, Union Minister of State Pannabaka Lakshmi, several state Cabinet Ministers and MPs, MLAs and MLCs and other former PCC presidents K Kesava Rao, Satyanrayana who is presently the APSRTC Chairman, were present at the Prakasam Hall to welcome Mr Satyanarayana’s as the ruling party’s chief.
Mr Satyanarayana replaces D Srinivas, who had been in his third term when he was replaced.
The Transport Minister has tough task on his hands, with the YSR Congress Party launched by former Congress leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy making inroads into Congress bastions across the state.
Mr Satyanarayana has to ensure that the MLAs who have a soft heart for Mr Jaganmohan Reddy do not cross over to him while at the same time being strict with those Congress leaders who have already done so.
Apart from that, Mr Satyanarayana has to rejuvenate the Congress cadre across the state, most of who are disenchanted with the party after their hopes of their own political careers taking an upward trend are more or less unfulfilled.
He also has to find ways to ensure that a resurgent Telangana Rashtra Samithi does not walk away with the accolades as the separate Telangana statehood agitation intensifies.
The main opposition Telugu Desam Party is largely seen to be the least of Mr Satyanarayana’s as that party is busy in protecting its own turf from the sustained attacks by the TRS in Telangana and the YSR Congress Party in Seemandhra regions.
Besides this, Mr Satyanarayana has to soothe the increasing ruffling of feathers of some Cabinet Ministers who are engaged in a bitter turf war.
The impending Cabinet expansion will also be another litmus test of Mr Satyanarayana’s skills as the possibilities of some Congress leaders being left very disappointed are very high.
Earlier, Mr Satyanarayana made his way to the Gandhi Bhavan from his resident in a massive procession of party activists and leaders.
He had garlanded former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s statue at Punjagutta, former prime minister Indira Gandhi’s statue in Necklace Road, Dr BR Ambedkar’s statue at Tank Bund and Babu Jagjivan Ram’s statue at Basheer Bagh Press Club before proceeding to Gandhi Bhavan.
Mr Satyanarayana had even earlier offered prayers at the Bangaru Mysamma temple at Nampally.(INN)