Kiran aides lukewarm to party idea

Kiran aides lukewarm to party idea
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Kiran aides lukewarm to party idea, Kiran Kumar Reddy, Routhu Suryaprakash Rao, Venkata Reddy. He will hold meetings with leaders of various Joint Action Committees (JACs) in Seemandhra to seek their advice.

  • Six MLAs and supporters attend meeting
  • They are wary of new party’s impact
  • Some even advise him against the move
  • Kiran tries to allay their apprehensions
  • CMasks Governor to relieve him immediately
  • Party launch after Kiran is relieved:Sabbam

Hyderabad: A majority of the leaders who have been attending the meetings being held by Kiran Kumar Reddy are said to be not very enthusiastic about the new party. On Monday, only six MLAs attended the meeting. Interestingly, none from his native Chittoor district was present. Even those six MLAs have not given any firm assurance to him. Kiran held one-on-one meeting with all the MLAs. He is said to have told them that he quit the party, deeply pained by the manner in which the State has been divided. He sought opinions on the new party and whether it will be able to win significant number of seats.

However, some of them, sources said, questioned him about the agenda and the party manifesto. “Now that the bifurcation is over, what can we tell the people?” they thus asked him, said the sources. Kiran assured them that the manifesto and agenda were ready and only wanted to know if they were willing to sail with him or not.

However, none of them gave any firm assurance. MLA Routhu Suryaprakash Rao said that he was not sure if a new party would be of any use. Another MLA Vanga Geeta (Pithapuram) told reporters, after the meeting, that she had not yet decided whether to join the new party."I will have to consult my supporters and party workers in my constituency before taking any decision in this regard," she said. MLAs Gade Venkata Reddy (Bapatla), Pantham Gandhi Mohan (Peddapuram), Korla Bharathi (Tekkali) and Pulaparthy Ramanjaneyulu alias Anji Babu (Bhimavaram) attended the meeting. Barring Gade, others are not so enthusiastic about Kiran’s proposal.

MLC Paladagu Venkata Rao told Kiran that there was no point in launching a party now, and, instead, all Congress leaders should focus on strengthening the party in the region. So far, Minister Pithani Satyanarayana is the only one who is certain to join the new party. Another senior leader, Diwakar Reddy strongly advised Kiran against any such move.

Kiran Reddy will continue his confabulations on Tuesday. He will hold meetings with leaders of various Joint Action Committees (JACs) in Seemandhra to seek their advice. Interestingly, he told his supporters that the AICC top brass is still in touch with him and is trying to see if there is any possibility for rapprochement. He said he had not shown any interest since the high command turned a blind eye to all his demands.

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