Too much democracy poisons the decision of the chairman of the Telangana Congress Committee

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Hyderabad: It is entirely appropriate that the Grand Old Party has a de facto preliminary method of US politics at work to decide the next head of the Telangana Pradesh Congressional Committee (TPCC), after its current incumbent Uttam Kumar Reddy, the only decorated armed forces officer known in politics, assumed his responsibilities and resigned after a series of dismal elections. debacles.

Under Uttam Kumar Reddy, Congress did not fail to overthrow the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party, but even lost the right to be called its main challenger, this mantle having now passed to the Hindutva party.

The free fight for all is launched, perhaps the only bet deserving in the country to be rightly accused of “too much democracy”, each candidate, to the chagrin of the high command, doing everything to press for the post with the top placed. Congress leaders in Delhi, writing letters to the high command and campaigning on social media or leaking information against each other to their favorite media.

A day after AICC official Manickam Tagore reportedly presented his “findings,” bringing together the views of a wide range of leaders on whom they prefer as the next TPCC chairman, serious leaders who expect that a post land in the nation’s capital on Wednesday to lobby.

The high command has two major areas of dilemma, according to the sources. One, whether a Reddy or non-Reddy candidate will lead Congress from now on, and two, when is the announcement due.

Timing is crucial with reports that the Nagarjunsagar Assembly by-election could take place in February, coinciding with Tirupati Lok Sabha’s incidental ballot in the PA. Should the new president be appointed before, give him too little time, or fight the ballot depending on the existing scenario.

The Reddy question is much more vexatious. The party has realized that the Reddy community, which makes up about eight to nine odd percentages of the electorate, but its leaders are unable to secure the votes. The Reddy community, mostly made up of land-based farmers, had turned to TRS after implementing the Rythu Bandhu program, and are now gravitating very quickly to a resurgent BJP.

Non-Reddy leaders argue that with Reddy voters having left the party, the best chance of reviving the party is to exploit the SC, ST and OBC, which in addition to trying to exploit the minorities, is the best bet for Congress.

However, the weight of the Reddy leaders in the party is visible. The first among his peers, and the main candidate, is the MP for Lok Sabha, four times MPP, who resigned his post as minister for the Telangana unrest, Komatreddy Venkat Reddy. A lifelong congressman, he rose through the ranks of the NSUI and the Youth Congress.

He is said to have met separately with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former President Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi, pushing for his candidacy. Later, speaking to Janpath media, he said he asked the party leader to give loyal party workers a chance, so the party can return to power in Telangana.

Sources within the Congress party say that in the assessment of the high command, while Komat Reddy is capable of leading people and raising funds, he has a habit of making fun of him and perhaps lacks maturity and stability to build consensus and get everyone involved.

“No one is a prime candidate,” said a top congressional leader and trade union minister in the UPA’s decade of power. “The party is looking for alternatives in all strata of society, Reddy or SC or BC. Based on comments from the AICC official, other AICC secretaries, from an independent study, the high command shortlisted a panel. But it’s a very long panel right now, with the more serious contenders in the fray. “

The second touted name is Jana Reddy, a former Home Secretary whose leadership would be acceptable to everyone. Considering the planned Nagarjunsagar by-election, which the party must win to remain seriously in contention for state politics, the increase in his anger could lead to losing him, his son and the vote of the ‘Assembly.

“Jana Reddy is an uncontroversial leader. But no one will trust him to lead the party and defeat the KCR family. Other names include Jeevan Reddy, currently MLC and a six-term MP, which is very acceptable but the party does not think he has the capacity to raise resources for the elections. Another name is Marri Shashidhar Reddy, for whom the Gandhi family has a sweet corner. He is well respected, is very efficient and can use his knowledge to corner his opponents in debates on crucial issues. But age is a concern for the three leaders, ”said the former trade union minister.

Besides Jagga Reddy, also a candidate, is another serious candidate and currently party chairman and MP A. Revanth Reddy, who is said to be the favorite of AICC official Manickam Tagore, who revealed he was more than happy to shoot Revanth. , when he said, “The new TPCC chairman will be announced at the New Year with naya josh. “

“Revanth has charisma, glamor and in popular perception, a strong anti-KCR voice. He has a visible attraction to young people, especially Reddy youth. But it divides. Those opposed to her wrote to Sonia Gandhi, arguing that her charisma does not translate into votes, visible in the defeat of the Kondangal Assembly due to its inability to win many quarters in the GHMC polls. In addition, he is not loyal to any party or ideology. He started his career with the RSS and was with the BJYM, in addition to having been a member of the TRS, TDP and now Congress. There is also the issue of the many serious cases pending against him, the conviction of which may prove to be a heavy responsibility for the party. More importantly, several top leaders, including four out of six MPs, told high command point blank that they would leave Congress if Revanth was appointed head of the TPCC.

In the non-Reddy category, Dalits have been the backbone of Congress, among which the community, are two contenders – Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and Damodar Raj Narasimha. While Bhatti has held many positions, including Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, the incumbent president and is currently the leader of the PLC, the fact that 13 MPs have defected to the TRS under his watch is blocking him. Damodar, who served as Deputy CM, hails from the numerically influential Madiga community. He is a second generation, highly educated congressional leader and a good speaker. But losing two consecutive elections for MLA makes him weak.

Among the CBOs, senior leader Hanumantha Rao has entered the fray. But the former president and deputy of the TPCC is not old enough. Ponnam Prabhakar is the other CBO leader who fits the bill well, having been an NSUI and YC leader, articulate speaker and good organizer. But the recent electoral defeats in 2018 and 2019 go against him.

The last name that circulates, more like a consensual candidate to please everyone and not to move too much, is Sridhar Babu, former minister and quadruple MP. He has a good grip on his neighborhood, is efficient, respected for his integrity and his character. But being from the Brahmin community is a big handicap.

While the high command has allegedly taken a tough stance on disapproving of back bites and dirty laundry between rivals, especially sponsored campaigns against each other on social media, the wannabes continue. Revanth Reddy and Bhatti Vikramarka are in Delhi lobbying for the post directly from Sonia Gandhi.

But in the end, if the high command decides on Jana Reddy, Nagarjunsagar singularly outweighing all factors, no one will be surprised.


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