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Dronamraju Satyanarayana quits Congress
By Our Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM, DEC. 25. Mr. Dronamraju Satyanarayana, veteran Congress leader of north Andhra, announced his resignation here on Tuesday from the primary membership of the party, his positions in APCC and AICC. He indicated that he had no plans to join any other political party immediately.

Releasing a copy of the Dec. 16 resignation letter sent to Ms. Sonia Gandhi, Congress president, at a press conference, he said: "I am wilfully severing my five-decade-old relationship with the party to safeguard my self-respect."

There was no question of rethinking on his decision to quit the party, he affirmed in reply to a question whether he would reconsider his resignation decision if the AICC president personally asked him to do so.

Mr. Satyanarayana, who had announced his retirement from active politics at the beginning of the year, said that he would continue to serve people by helping them sort out their problems and get their grievances resolved through his involvement.

Without naming anybody, he alleged that he had been stabbed in the back by a person whom he had promoted in the party which, he said, was the "gravest mistake committed by me".

"Now the leadership does not feel it necessary to consult me with regard to party affairs in this district, which is demeaning for me," he pointed out.

The veteran Congress leader, who had close association with former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, had been associated with the party since 1952 and served in various capacities within the organisation and got elected as MLA and MP and was Rajya Sabha Member twice. He also served as Chairman of the Zilla Parishad and Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority.

Speculation was rife since the last six months that he would quit the party ever since he was nominated as an executive committee member of the APCC, but waited for the announcement till his son, Mr. Dronamraju Srinivas, was appointed city Congress president and his close associate and Chodavaram MLA, Mr. Balivada Satya Rao, District Congress Committee president. On the delay in taking a decision to quit the party, he remained evasive and said that consultations with his well-wishers took a long time.

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