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APCC to appeal to Sonia on Telangana

Special Correspondent

Wants party president to evolve a consensus at the earliest



K. Keshava Rao

HYDERABAD: In a bid to blunt the Telangana Rashtra Samithi's campaign in the bypoll for the Karimnagar Lok Sabha seat, the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee is planning to appeal to party president Sonia Gandhi to speed up the process of eliciting consensus on Telangana.

Buoyed by his party's victory in the byelection to the Gambhirraopet Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency (MPTC) in Karimnagar, APCC president K. Keshava Rao told reporters here on Saturday that it reflected the voters' disillusionment with the rival parties. Three more MPTCs were bagged by the ruling party in Kothakota mandal of Mahabubnagar district on Friday.

Assuring the people that separate Statehood was a matter of time, he said the TRS leadership had committed a mistake in opting out of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government as the Congress had not closed its options.

"Do you expect the voters to believe in the argument that just five MPs are enough to secure separate Statehood and not 300 MPs supporting the UPA?" he asked.

The MPTC results proved that people had more faith in the Congress than the TRS in the issue.

It would be wiser for TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao to withdraw from the contest in Karimnagar and extend support to the Congress candidate if he was really interested in securing statehood.

The APCC would rope in cultural troupes for its campaign, he said criticising the TRS president's claim that development was a non-issue in the election.

The ruling party was committed to its election promises and would fully implement G.O. 610 and initiate measures for development of the region.

Bobbili bypoll

Meanwhile, the APCC has recommended to the party high command the name of Botcha Jhansi, Chairperson of Vizianagaram Zilla Parishad, as a candidate for the byelection to the Bobbili Lok Sabha constituency.

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