KOYYALAGUDEM/DRAKSHARAMAM: The whirlwind tour of AICC emissary and Union minister Vayalar Ravi in the twin Godavari districts on Thursday received unenthusiastic response from the party cadre. While the response was poor at Koyyalagudem in West Godavari district, it was somewhat better at Draksharamam. Chiranjeevi, who hails from West Godavari district, was missing for unknown reasons.
Local Congress leaders made every effort to exhibit their might before the AICC leader. In Draksharamam, some leaders told Ravi that lack of coordination between leaders and the cadre might hamper the winning chances of the party.
During his one-day tour, Ravi interacted with party leaders in both the districts to assess the winning chances for Congress candidates in the coming byelections in 18 Assembly constituencies, including Ramachandrapuram in East Godavari district and Polavaram and Narsapur in West Godavari district. Party cadres could not give him a good feedback on the winning horses.
Addressing party workers, Ravi praised Congress leadership for initiating various welfare schemes and hinted that all the schemes were initiatives of the party but not individual leaders. “Many more schemes are in the pipeline for the state,” he said.
Ravi said the byelections became inevitable due to a power monger and hoped the elections will be an eye-opener to such people.
Pradesh Congress Committee president Botcha Satyanarayana appealed to the party workers to work as soldiers in the ensuing elections to win the seats. The differences if any between the leaders and cadre can be redressed through discussions, he said.
Ministers P Viswaroop, Thota Narasimham, Amalapuram MP GV Harsha Kumar, Eluru MP Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, Rajahmundry MP Vundavalli Arun Kumar, MLC Kandula Durgesh, MLA RSP Rao and others accorded welcome to Ravi at Rajahmundry airport.