Jaipal Reddy wants AP Congressmen to remain united

Last Updated: Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 23:59

Hyderabad: In the backdrop of divisions
within the party over the Telangana issue and others, senior
Congress leader S Jaipal Reddy on Sunday asked party functionaries
to be united.

"Congress is facing difficulties in our state due to
some reasons. But we need to work collectively and with
courage (to overcome them)," the Union minister said.

The party in Andhra Pradesh is beset with problems
like the divide among party leaders over Telangana issue, the
Jagan factor and the open war of words between minister N
Raghuveera Reddy and senior party MLA JC Diwakar Reddy over
the defeat of a Congress candidate in the recent MLC polls.

Jaipal Reddy was addressing a function at Gandhi
Bhavan, the state Congress headquarters, to felicitate party
president D Srinivas on completing three years in office.

Appreciating Srinivas` efforts, Reddy said all
partymen should extend cooperation to him in the endeavour.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said individuals
are more important than the party.

"Individuals get respect because of the party and
party is not dependent on individuals. The party workers are
the backbone of the party. The party will come to power only
if activists work hard. We will face difficulties if we cannot
take workers along," he said.

Regretting that party leaders are indulging in a war
of words and other actions, Srinivas asked them to put an end
to such practices.

"Statements are being given by some leaders. The
language used by them does not befit Congressmen. We need to
put an end to this. The statements and counter statements and
the war of words is not good. It does not reflect good on the
party," he said.

Observing that the leadership is going slow on taking
action against some party MLAs and leaders who are indulging
in actions that are not in the party`s interest, Srinivas said
it should not be construed as weakness.

"Someone may feel that the state Congress president is
not taking action. It is not difficult to take action. There
are some MLAs, MPs and others are involved. Action has to be
taken at the high-level. The central leadership is going slow
on these issues due to the atmosphere prevailing here. If we
are not taking action, it does not mean that you can do
whatever you like," he said.

In an apparent attack on the Jagan camp, senior Rajya
Sabha member V Hanumantha Rao demanded a CBI probe into the
allegations of corruption over Emaar Properties and Raheja
issues.

"How did they earn crores. How did they pay advance
tax of Rs 83 crore? Where did this money come from? The chief
minister should conduct a CBI inquiry so that credibility of
Congress grows among the people," Rao asked.
Former chief minister K Rosaiah and several other
party leaders also spoke at the function.

Regretting that party leaders are indulging in a war of
words and other actions that hurt the party, the state
Congress president asked them to put an end to such practices.

"Statements are being given by some leaders. The language
used by them does not behoove of Congressmen. We need to put
an end to this. The statements and counter statements and the
war of words is not good. It does not reflect good on the
party," he said.

Observing that the party leadership is going slow on
taking action against some party MLAs and other leaders who
are indulging in actions that are not in the interest of the
party, Srinivas said it should not be construed as party`s
weakness.

"Someone may feel that the state Congress president is
not taking action. It is not difficult to take action. There
are some MLAs, MPs and others are involved. Action has to be
taken at the high level. The central leadership is going slow
on these issues due to the atmosphere prevailing here. If we
are not taking action, it does not mean that you can do
whatever you like," he said.

In an apparent attack on the Jagan camp, senior Congress
Rajya Sabha member V Hanumantha Rao demanded a CBI probe into
the allegations of corruption over Emaar Properties, and
Raheja issues during late YS Rajasekhara Reddy regime.

"How did they earn crores. How did they pay advance tax
of Rs 83 crore? Where did this money come from? The Chief
Minister should conduct a CBI inquiry so that credibility of
Congress grows among the people," Hanumantha Rao asked.

Former Chief Minister K Rosaiah and several other party
leaders also spoke at the function.

Srinivas thanked the partymen for felicitating him.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 23:59

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