Mahesh Goud to be next TPCC chief?

Goud, currently serving as TPCC working president (organisation), has been instrumental in managing party activities and played a significant role in the Assembly elections.
Mahesh Kumar Goud
Mahesh Kumar Goud (Photo | Twitter)

HYDERABAD: Unless there is a last minute change, Bomma Mahesh Kumar Goud will be the next Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president, reliable sources in the party said.

They said that a decision to this effect has already been made and an announcement is expected any time after the Lok Sabha election results.

Although there were multiple leaders aspiring for the coveted post, the Congress high command made the decision to appoint a BC leader to the TPCC president’s post to strike a social balance in the party as well as the government.

The selection of Goud, a leader from the Backward Classes (BC) community, aligns with the Congress party’s “commitment” to do social justice and ensure representation of marginalised sections in the key positions, as outlined in its Lok Sabha election manifesto, the source said.

In Telangana, where BCs constitute over 50% of the population, a leader from the community heading the state unit of the party will balance the leadership and government roles.

While BCs have been expecting at least five berths in the Revanth Reddy Cabinet, only two leaders from the community have been made ministers. The choice of Goud for the TPCC presidency appears to be a response to these expectations and is aimed at addressing the community’s aspirations.

Under the sociopolitical conditions after Assembly elections, the Congress high command had selected a Reddy leader, A Revanth Reddy, for the Chief Minister’s post.

Historically, whenever a Reddy was the chief minister in undivided Andhra Pradesh, the Congress high command had selected a BC to lead the PCC. For instance, when YS Rajasekhar Reddy was the chief minister, D Srinivas was the APCC chief, and in the N Kiran Kumar Reddy government, BC leaders headed the PCC.

A factor working to Mahesh Kumar Goud’s advantage is that he is not aligned with any of the factions in the Telangana Congress. He played a vital role in settling the differences among the seniors and juniors when a faction of leaders raised a banner of revolt.

Goud, currently serving as TPCC working president (organisation), has been instrumental in managing party activities and played a significant role in the Assembly elections.

His ability to mediate between senior and junior party members, preventing factional conflicts, has further solidified his standing within the party.

In the race for the TPCC presidency, Goud emerged ahead of prominent contenders like TPCC campaign committee chairman Madhu Yashki and Panchayat Raj Minister Dansari Anasuya. His selection reflects his effective leadership and the support he has garnered within the party.

However, party insiders caution that last-minute changes are still possible. Historical precedents within the party, such as Goud’s eventual appointment as an MLC after initial exclusion, suggest that the final decision could still be subject to internal dynamics and negotiations.

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