HYDERABAD: Probably, emulating the act of TDP supremo and AP CM N Chandrababu Naidu, who had admitted neutrals and professionals, who have no political affiliations, in the yellow party en masse, way back in 2001 to strengthen the party, Telangana Congress leadership to have decided to encourage intelligentsia to join the party in large numbers in the run up to the 2019 polls.
In the wake of setting up of All India Professionals’ Congress (AIPC) by AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi to attract professionals into the party, TPCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Saturday appealed the intelligentsia to join Congress. “My entry into politics was accidental. As an Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter pilot, I had never imagined that someday I would enter politics. But, I joined electoral politics, got elected as MLA for four terms and now I’m heading the Telangana unit of Indian National Congress,” said Capt N Uttam Kumar Reddy, while appealing the intelligentsia to join the Congress.
Addressing a meet, along with All India Professionals Congress (AIPC) South India coordinator and ex-minister J Geetha Reddy, Shabbir Ali at Gandhi Bhavan here on Saturday, the TPCC chief said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had realised that professionals could play an active role in strengthening democracy and therefore, he decided to form AIPC with former union minister Sashi Tharoor as its chairman.