HYDERABAD: AICC secretary in charge of Telangana R C Khuntia today said the Congress is ready to face elections any time and exuded confidence that his party would emerge victorious.
Reacting to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's remarks yesterday hinting at early polls, Khuntia said " If KCR is confident he should go for elections. If he is confident why he should take leaders from other parties. He (KCR) is taking people who were defeated in the elections."
Senior Congress leader and former minister D Nagender joined the ruling TRS party yesterday. Rao had challenged the opposition parties to face the elections if they were willing to.
Nagender, who had served as a minister in the Congress government during 2009-2014,lost in 2014 assembly polls from one of the constituencies in Hyderabad.
"KCR says TRS is ready for an early election and wants to know if the Congress party is ready. I am saying we are always ready to fight Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the national level and KCR at the state level" Khuntia alleged that KCR did not fulfil poll promises and is not confident of winning elections.
"This is an indication that he is not confident of winning elections next time. That is forcing him to attract leaders from other parties," he said.
About speculation on changes of leadership at the state level, he said the present TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy would continue in the post and everybody has to work under him.
The newly appointed AICC secretaries for Telangana N.S. Boseraju, Saleem Ahmed and Sreenivasan Krishnan took charge today, Khuntia said.