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APCC chief urges `deserters' to return

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NIZAMABAD, MARCH 31. The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president, D. Srinivas, on Wednesday urged senior Congress leaders like Shiv Shankar and others to reconsider their decision to sever ties with the Congress and work unitedly for the success of the party nominees. Mr. Srinivas was speaking to reporters after filing his nomination for the Nizamabad Assembly segment this afternoon. He is seeking re-election from the constituency for the second time in a row. Flanked by the Nizamabad parliamentary constituency candidate, Madhu Yaskhi, the PCC chief said that there is bound to be dissent in any party when the leaders feel let down. Unfazed by the far-reaching developments, he said this is a temporary phase and everything would be in order in a couple of days.

Mr. Srinivas came in a huge procession accompanied by the party's LS candidate to the Collectorate. He filed his nomination papers at 2 pm before the Returning officer, G.Venkatram Reddy. Mr. Srinivas said he would personally get in touch with all the leaders who quit the party and appeal to them to rethink their drastic decision which might affect the party's interests. He said that a section of the leaders were unhappy with the alliance with the Telangana Rashtra Samiti. He made it clear that neither the Congress nor the TRS would field rebel candidates in the seats allotted to the two parties.

There is no question of issuing B forms to candidates who try to enter the fray as rebel candidates, he said. He pointed out that he had already spoken to the TRS chief, K.Chandrasekhara Rao, on the issue and thrashed out all the irritants. Asked about the developments in Medak and Mahabubnagar district, where senior Congress leaders had raised a banner of revolt, Mr. Srinivas shot back saying that only a handful of leaders quit the party and it would not affect the morale of the cadres.

Exuding confidence that the Congress would fare well in the coming election, the PCC chief said it was a matter of few days before the party came to power. Assuring all-round development of the State, he said that as soon as the Government is formed it would pay more attention on the pending irrigation sources, supply of free power, redressing the grievances of farmers, uplift of the weaker sections and minorities, construction of houses for the weaker sections and improving hospital services. Mr. Srinivas, said that the pending Alisagar and Guthpa lift irrigation schemes were high on the party agenda. Once the Congress assumes power, it would release more funds to complete the schemes and also provide a permanent drinking water solution to the people of Nizamabad town.

The APCC chief said it was a special day for him as he had filed his nomination while holding the top position in the party at the State-level. He said the overwhelming response and the affection shown by the party cadres today would only ensure his thumping win along with that of the LS candidate. He said the Congress and the TRS combine would sweep the polls in the district.

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