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Bury hatchet, Congress meet urges warring groups

Congress seniors called for a coordinated effort of all the leaders to strengthen the Congress in the state in the run-up to the 2014 elections.

Published: 27th October 2012 08:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th October 2012 10:11 AM   |  A+A-

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In the absence of as many as 13 state ministers and Union ministers from the state, the mini brainstorming session of the Congress seniors, held at Gandhi Bhavan here on Friday, called for a coordinated effort of all the leaders to strengthen the Congress in the state in the run-up to the 2014 elections.

Amidst the backdrop of the ongoing cold war between chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and deputy chief minister Damodara Rajanarasimha, Rajya Sabha members V Hanumantha Rao and Renuka Chowdary, and AICC general secretary Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy made an appeal to the warring groups to bury their hatchet in the interest of the party.

Apart from the chief minister and his deputy, several ministers, Rajya Sabha members K Chiranjeevi, V Hanumantha Rao and Renuka Chowdary, and former PCC chiefs and DCC presidents took part in the twohour long convention,which was presided over by PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana.

According to sources, Kiran Kumar Reddy asked the party leaders to bury their differences and work united to strengthen the Congress in the state.

“We may have differences. But we should put up a united front to strengthen the Congress in the run-up to 2014 polls. If we are united, nobody can defeat us,” Reddy said. Hanumantha Rao asked senior leaders not to quarrel in the open as it would send wrong signals to the cadre. Renuka said blaming one another would help none. Instead, all senior leaders should make a combined effort to strengthen the party, she suggested.

In an indirect reference to some leaders who are moving closely with the YSRCP leadership, the AICC spokeswoman said some Congress leaders were enjoying posts in the government though they had made up their mind to shift their loyalty to other parties. Sudhakar Reddy said the party must set its house in order before its leaders take up mass-contact programmes.

Interestingly, the deputy chief minister, who has a running feud with the chief minister, remained a mute spectator during the two hour- long meeting



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