Ahead of the AICC meeting on January 17, ostensibly to announce party vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s candidacy for prime minister’s post, state Congress leaders have begun clamouring for an official announcement of the same.
Several leaders, including ministers Kanna Lakshminarayana and Ponnala Lakshmaiah and MLC Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy, sent a signed letter to party boss Sonia Gandhi requesting her to announce Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate at the earliest.
Sudhakar Reddy, who took the initiative to send the letter on behalf of the state Congress leaders, said he was hopeful that the party leadership would announce Rahul as the party’s prime ministerial candidate at the AICC meeting on January 17.
The letter was signed by party loyalists from Telangana and Seemandhra. They include ministers K Jana Reddy, Kanna Lakshminarayana, Dokka Manikya Vara Prasada Rao, Ponnala Lakshmaiah, B Saraiah, N Raghuveera Reddy, M Maheedhar Reddy, P Sudarshan Reddy and R Venkat Reddy. Former PCC chief D Srinivas and party veteran from Seemandhra Gade Venkata Reddy also signed it.