Andhra govt may embark on publicity campaign

A ministerial panel is looking into the reasons for the Congress` poor performance at the recent bypolls.

Updated: Jul 18, 2012, 22:39 PM IST

Hyderabad: A ministerial panel looking into the reasons for the Congress` poor performance at the recent bypolls on Wednesday discussed ways to effectively publicise the welfare schemes being implemented by the Andhra Pradesh government to reach out to the masses.

The committee, headed by Roads and Buildings Minister D Prasada Rao, held a meeting with several party MLAs and MLCs here.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Agriculture Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana felt that the government and Congress need to get more publicity for the welfare schemes it has launched.

In an apparent reference to YSR Congress of Kadapa MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, he said the schemes of the Congress government are being hijacked by "others".

YSRCP says that the schemes were launched by late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and the present Congress government has failed to effectively implement them.

The MLAs and MLCs have given valuable inputs on how to make the government more popular, Lakshminarayana said.

The committee would submit a preliminary report to Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and the state Congress president Botsa Satyanarayana on July 21, he added.

The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) had bagged the Nellore Lok Sabha and 15 of the 18 Assembly seats in bypolls held in June dealing a major blow to both the ruling Congress and main opposition Telugu Desam Party.