In a veiled warning to fence-sitters, chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, on Monday, advised disgruntled elements in the party to realise that the party is not surviving on leaders. “As leaders, we have to note that the party is surviving because of workers. If leaders think the party is surviving because of them, they are in an illusion,” the chief minister said.
Kiran Reddy, who addressed party workers from Addanki in the morning and those from Jaggayyapet in the evening, sought to stress the point that the Congress would play a key role in the next elections.
The audience comprised those who had been elected presidents of the primary agriculture cooperative credit societies from both Addanki and Jaggayyapet.
In the morning, addressing workers from Addanki, he said:”If some old leaders leave the party, new leaders will join History has proved this. In 1977, around 150 MLAs left the party. But, Congress romped home with two thirds majority in the next elections,” the chief minister said.
It may be recalled that Addanki MLA Gottipati Ravikumar left Congress and joined YSRC recently. The chief minister’s remarks were pointed not only at Ravikumar but also several MLAs who were sitting on the fence. Recently, PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana said the Congress may expel nine Congress MLAs.
Reacting to the Addanki MLA’s decision to join YSRC, the chief minister said: “Vinasa kale vipareeta buddhi (when it is doom time, one’s thinking gets skewed). “I do not understand why Ravikumar left the Congress. The YSRC has already announced a candidate for Addanki,” the chief minister wondered. Later in the evening, the chief minister said 30 percent of Congress voters never approach the government, MLAs or MPs for any work.
However, on the day of polling, they are there at the polling stations casting their voters in favour of the Congress, he said. “I am sure the Congress would romp home both in the State and at the national level in 2014. Rahul Gandhi will become the prime minister. This is the opinion of the people,” he said.