Jaipal Reddy wants AP Congressmen to remain united



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