Did the brains really work at Congress meet?
The two-day brainstorming meet of the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) that concluded here on Saturday turned out to be an opinion-gathering exercise on the bifurcation of the State. The closed door meeting had witnessed a downpour of accusations against the party national leadership on the bifurcation rather than any constructive suggestions
Vijayawada: The two-day brainstorming meet of the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) that concluded here on Saturday turned out to be an opinion-gathering exercise on the bifurcation of the State. The closed door meeting had witnessed a downpour of accusations against the party national leadership on the bifurcation rather than any constructive suggestions for the party’s revival in the State.
- Leaders missing at the two-day meet
- Those present fault AICC on bifurcation
- Views to be reflected upon at next AICC meet
The three observers, Digvijay Singh, Tiruvanakkarasu and Ramachandra Khuntia, who could not understand the language that the party leaders spoke, remained silent all through. However, the APCC leadership recorded the views expressed at the meeting and would hand over the same to the party. It is said that the party is likely to debate on the issues raised here at the next meeting of the AICC, to be held sometime in April.
The brainstorming session had several absentees during the two days. Right from former Union minister K Chiranjeevi to Krishna district former legislator K Y Das, several leaders did not turn up at the meeting. The APCC had expected around 100 representatives for the meeting and had prepared identification cards for them.
The sources in the party say that 75 identity cards were not collected and they remained in the APCC secretary’s bag. The attendance was better for the January 31 APCC executive committee meeting held in the city than this brainstorming session.
The leaders like former APCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana was absent on the first day. Though he had come to the venue on the second day, he limited himself to a few interactions with the party senior leaders.
Most of the leaders have disappeared from the dais after the inaugural session for which the district leaders had to mobilize ‘uninvited’ leaders just to fill the chairs in the hall. Leaders like Anam Ramanarayana Reddy were spotted at the inaugural session, while Anam Vivekananda Reddy, Dokka Manikya Varaprasad and alike did not attend the session.
Several leaders who were asked to speak have pointed their fingers at the party leadership for not honouring the activists in 10 years of the rule. Issues like not filling the nominated posts for 10 years, not consulting them before taking the decision on bifurcation and the process that was adopted to bifurcate the State were raised by some of the leaders who shifted the blame on the party high command.
The leaders sought to advise the top leadership to recognize the hard work of the cadre at least now and give priority to them when the party returns to power next time.However, the leaders like S Sailajanath, Kondru Murali, Devineni Rajasekhar Nehru, who have been regular to the party meetings these days, besides the APCC chief himself, remained all through.