HYDERABAD:The Congress Legislature Party (CLP), which is scheduled to meet here on Tuesday, is likely to chalk out a strategy to adopt in the Assembly session commencing on September 23.
A majority of the party MLAs are of the opinion that the party should be more vocal in raising issues concerning people and the failure of TRS government to come to the rescue of distressed farmers who are increasingly resorting to suicides due to crop losses.
The MLAs are also unhappy at the ‘soft stance’ that their floor leader K Jana Reddy is adopting when it comes to cornering the government on the floor of the House or outside.
Even when the CLP met a day after the attack on Makthal MLA Chittem Rammohan Reddy by TRS MLA Guvvala Balaraju, the entire flock of MLAs, MLCs and MPs wanted that the protest should be high-pitched and they should straightaway proceed to the CM’s camp office to stage the protest. But Jana Reddy restrained them from doing so and insisted that they approach the governor first and wait for any action from him.
This did not go down well with a majority of the party legislators and some even did not enter the Raj Bhavan to give a representation to the governor but preferred to wait outside till the delegation returned.
“It is now time to take the government head-on. When AICC chief Sonia Gandhi herself is staging demonstrations against the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, we should not be so meek as not to raise our voice against the government in the state,” a senior MLA opined.
Another senior leader and MP, Palvai Goverdhan Reddy, speaking to reporters a couple of days ago, minced no words in asking the CLP leader to pull up his socks.
With the Congress MLAs, MLCs and MPs wanting to intensify their opposition to government’s policies, they want the CLP leader to adopt a similar stand and lead his flock, sources in the party said.
High Command Watching Jana
It is said the high command is aware of the CLP leader’s soft stand in the Assembly. Previous CLP leaders like P Janardhan Reddy and YS Rajasekhara Reddy took the government by its horns. But, this is not happening now,” the high command is learnt to have told a few leaders from the state.