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Kiran’s re-entry may hit YSR Congress prospects

Kiran’s re-entry may hit YSR Congress prospects
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The reentry of former Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy into the Congress party may hit the prospects of YSR Congress in the forthcoming elections

Vijayawada: The reentry of former Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy into the Congress party may hit the prospects of YSR Congress in the forthcoming elections.

The Congress sources said that Kiran Kumar Reddy's reentry could stop the plans of several former senior Congress leaders who are ready to join the YSR Congress. Already Kiran Kumar Reddy also confirmed that nearly 40 senior leaders would rejoin the Congress.

Some of the senior Congress leaders had planned to join the YSR Congress in view of the forthcoming elections. Now, the Congress high command is trying to woo them by hinting that they would give various national level positions to the leaders in the party and the government, if the Congress formed government in the Centre after the next elections.

Moreover, the Congress leadership has plans to meet the people in the State and assure them that it would sanction the Special Category Status (SCS) to AP once the party is voted to power at the Centre.

All India Congress Committee (AICC) President Rahul Gandhi and other leaders have being assuring that the SCS would be the main agenda in the party manifesto.

Presently, several former senior Congress leaders like Konathala Ramakrishna, Vundavalii Arun Kumar, Anam Ramnarayana Reddy, Sabbam Hari, D L Ravindra Reddy, Kasu Venkata Krishna Reddy, Harsha Kumar and P Vishwaroop are not active in politics.

Some other former MLAs and ministers joined the YSR Congress and Telugu Desam but they are not happy due to various reasons. But the majority of the leaders, who are maintaining silence, have plans to join the YSR Congress.

Recently, former minister Maheedhar Reddy joined the YSR Congress. Like several leaders, including two former Union ministers, all are set to join YSR Congress to revive their political life.

In this backdrop, the Congress high command made plans not only to strengthen its party base in the State but also stall the prospects of the YSR Congress. As per the sources, the Congress high command believes that the YSR Congress might not support the Congress party and its political alliance, if there is hung Parliament at the Centre.

AP Congress affairs in-charge Oommen Chandy recently discussed the issue with various leaders of Andhra Pradesh Congress, sources said. Besides, rumours are doing rounds in the political circles that Telugu Desam may join the hands with Congress in Telangana or extend its support to the proposed political front including Congress.

PCC official spokesperson Kolanukonda Sivaji said that they are maintaining distance with the YSR Congress as it might not support the Congress in the Centre after the next elections. At the same time they have some soft corner on the leadership of Telugu Desam due to its fight against the BJP, he said.

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