APCC president asks partymen to end war of words

Hyderabad: Expressing serious concern over the vertical split in the party's state unit over the Telangana issue, Andhra Pradesh Congress president D Srinivas today asked party leaders to put an end to the war of words.

"I am sorry about it. I am hurt about it. This practice of reactions and counter reactions is not good. This war of words should not whip up regional passions among Telugu people. The Srikrishna Committee is on the job. We should behave in a decent way. I am requesting all to put an end to this," he told reporters here.

He was asked about the serious war of words among party leaders that has divided the party on regional lines. This is first time that the PCC president has made such an appeal.

Congress leaders from Telangana region held a meeting here yesterday and they decided to press the demand for constitution of a separate Pradesh Congress Committee for Telangana.

The party leaders from non-Telangana regions announced their plan to hold a meeting later this week.

Asked about the demand for a separate PCC for Telangana, Srinivas said there is nothing new in it.

To a query, Srinivas said Kadapa MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy himself said his yatra is personal and as such the party would have nothing to do with it.

He was asked about the reported appeal of Nellore Congress MP M Rajamohan Reddy to the party cadre to participate in Jagan's controversial yatra.

APCC is in the process of collecting details about the beneficiaries to be given financial assistance as announced by the Congress high command to support those who died following the death of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, Srinivas said.

"The process of identifying the beneficiaries may come to an end in another one week or 10 days. It will be done and there is no question of going back on that. Congress MPs, MLAs will be involved in the process," he said.

Taking strong exception to reported allegation by TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu that corruption during late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's regime took place with the knowledge of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Srinivas said a senior political leader like Naidu should maintain the standards in public life.

"Sonia Gandhi cannot be compared with anyone else. She has acquired a rare stature. Naidu's allegations are strange and only show his frustration. Congressmen cannot tolerate such allegations against Sonia Gandhiji," he said.

Stating that he did not believe in the allegations made against Rajasekhara Reddy, he said Naidu should submit any proofs of the alleged corruption to the concerned agencies instead of making false charges.

Talking about Naidu's tour of Mahabubnagar district today to protest the alleged inadequate supply of fertilisers to farmers, Srinivas said the government would eventually see to it that farmers get fertilisers as required by them.

Asked about protests and stone-pelting allegedly by TRS workers against Naidu's visit, he said it was done by another party and the Congress does not have anything to do with it.

On TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao's threat of a "quake" or "tsunami" after the Sri Krishna committee submitted its report, the PCC president said the issue would be dealt after the report is submitted.