New Delhi: The Congress President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi seemed to have virtually ignored the State Congress while reconstituting the Congress Working Committee.
The State Congress which sent 33 Lok Sabha members in the last elections not only could secure a single post, but even the present three members – Mr. N. Janardhan Reddy, Mr. Kishore Chander Deo and Dr. K. Keshav Rao – were virtually dumped like a hot potatoes. Even the senior most party leader Mr. G. Venkatswamy could not find a place in the CWC.
The only face saving for the State Congress was that Mr. G. Sanjeeva Reddy was retained as the Special Invitee in the CWC and also the retention of Mr. P. Sudhakar Reddy and Mr. V. Hanumantha Rao as Secretaries.
Another major change effected as for as the state is concerned is that Mr. Gulam Nabi Azad has been made in-charge of the party affairs in the state in place of Mr.Veerappa Moily.
According to informed sources the prevailing political crisis in the state seems to be the reason in not considering the State Congress leaders for inclusion in the CWC. There is no denial of the fact that the state congress leaders have been crossing the ‘lakshmana rekha’ of late, especially with regard to the raging Telangana issue, much to the chagrin of the High Command.
It may be recalled here that Mr. Venkatswamy has made a scathing attack on the functioning of Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and even questioned her foreign nationality and demanded that an Indian should be made the party President. The former APCC President and Rajya Sabha member Dr, K. Keshav Rao has thrown his hat in the struggle for separate Telangana state and even taken a leading role in the agitation by party MPs and legislators.
Informed circles are not surprised about changing Mr. Veerappa Moily as in-charge of party affairs in the state, specially after his lack lustre role in reigning in the rebellious former Kadapa MP Mr. Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy. There have been allegations and murmurs within the party that he had been soft peddling in the Jagan affair.
The new in-charge of the state party affairs, Mr. Gulam Nabi Azad is an old hand in this matter as he had discharged the responsibility earlier before the last elections in the state. (NSS)