Hyderabad: The Congress candidates who lost
the recent by-elections to 12 Assembly seats in Telangana
region of Andhra Pradesh, today decided to write a letter to
the party high command explaining the reason for their defeat.
"The sentiment in favour of separate Telangana is very
strong. TRS retained all the seats because people voted for
those who had quit their posts for the sake of Telangana. The
verdict in the elections is not against Congress or in favour
of anybody," state Congress chief D Srinivas told reporters.
"Since all the Congressmen in Telangana are in favour of
Telangana demand, they are not regretting their loss," he
Srinivas, who himself suffered an embarrassing defeat in
the by-polls in Nizamabad Urban constituency, was speaking
after a meeting he chaired to review the poll debacle.
He refused to elaborate on what would be written in the
letter proposed to be sent to the high command.
To a query, Srinivas said it is an internal affair of the
party to debate who should take moral responsibility for the
party`s dismal performance in the by-polls.
Some Congress leaders in the state felt that Srinivas
should take the moral responsibility for the party`s poor
performance, while others said there is no such need.
The defeated candidates are also likely to seek an
appointment with the high command.
The ruling Congress has lost in all the 12 Assembly seats
where bypolls were held recently.
The by-elections were necessitated as the sitting MLAs -
10 from TRS and one each from BJP and TDP - had quit their
posts in support of separate Telangana demand.
The TDP MLA, who quit, had subsequently joined TRS and
won from Vemulawada in the bypolls.