New Delhi: Facing an uphill task in the by-
elections to 18 Assembly seats due in Andhra Pradesh, Congress has fast-tracked the process of strengthening the organisation
by filling vacancies at district and local levels before deciding on the candidates for the polls.
Congress General Secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh
Ghulam Nabi Azad held hectic consultations with Chief Minister
N Kiran Kumar Reddy, PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana and Deputy
Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha for the second day today
on the strategy to be adopted for the polls.
After a marathon three-hour meeting today, Satyanarayana
told reporters that the discussions mainly focussed on
strengthening the organisation and filling the vacant posts at
district and local levels.
18 Assembly constituencies, including one in Telangana,
will go to polls in the next few months after 16 Congress MLAs
were disqualified following their vote against government
during a no-confidence motion last December. Two legislators
Congress is working hard on its strategy following successive defeats in by-elections for the past two years, especially the recent drubbing in the Telangana and coastal Andhra regions.
While its defeat in Telangana was apparently due to its
non-decision on Telangana, Y S Jaganmohan Reddy`s YSR Congress
won the one seat that went to by-polls in coastal Andhra
"The discussions were on filling up the vacancies at
local levels. We discussed about the by-elections as well.
There is a system in the Congress when it comes to selection
of candidates. The candidates will be finalised soon," the PCC
He also dismissed Jagan`s allegations that he was being
targeted, saying the CBI was doing its duty.
Asked whether the Congress admits that the YSR Government
was a `corrupt` one, he said: "How I can admit? It was a fair