HYDERABAD: BJP central leadership’s aggressive efforts to strengthen the party in Telangana seems to be worrying the AICC high command, which is still unable to understand the party’s crushing defeat in 2014 polls, despite delivering the new state.
Ahead of BJP president Amit Shah’s visit to the state, the Congress party high command is understood to be considering the idea of making some radical changes in the organisation, including replacing some of the top leaders.
“Our party high command is not happy with the performance of some of party’s key leaders.”
“After gathering intelligence inputs and feedback from party state leaders, our Delhi bosses are of the view that the TPCC and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leadership is unable to utilise the deep resentment growing among farming community towards the TRS government, after the Khammam Market Yard incident,” a TPCC veteran told Express.
According to this leader, the Congress high command feels that the state party leadership has failed to build effective agitations to corner the government over chilli farmers issue and suicides of farmers as well as a recent suicide bid by a farmer at the CM camp office.
“Dharna Chowk incident also exposed the growing anger among people towards the government. But, our party couldn’t utilise this,” the leader said.
Uttam flies to Delhi
Against this backdrop, TPCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy took a flight to Delhi on Wednesday night to meet his Delhi bosses, triggering speculation on the ‘possible’ changes that might take place in the Congress party’s Telangana State leadership.
Further, TPCC executive body will have its brainstorming session on Thursday morning here, followed by Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meet in the evening on the same day to discuss current political developments and redraw party strategy.
Interestingly, the two meetings are likely to be stormy as party leader Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, who on Tuesday picked a fight with TRS cadres in Nalgonda district and sustained minor injury, has been expressing displeasure over the attitude of TPCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy and CLP leader K Jana Reddy, who also belong to the same district.
“During both the meetings, the party leaders will be discussing about the arrangements that are to be made for AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi’s proposed visit to the state, scheduled to be held on June 1 and June 2,” TPCC spokesperson D Sravan Kumar said.