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GHMC polls: Congress leadership unhappy

Get your act together, party in-charge for A.P. Veerappa Moily tells leaders


Pranab calls for unity among party rank and file

APCC chief attributes outcome to rebel factor


— PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

STOCK TAKING: Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, AICC general secretary in-charge of A.P. affairs M. Veerappa Moily and APCC president D. Srinivas at Gandhi Bhavan in Hyderabad on Friday.

HYDERABAD: AICC general secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh M. Verappa Moily expressed unhappiness over the party’s performance in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections.

Stating that he was not fully happy with the outcome, he observed that the emergence of Congress as a single largest party saved Chief Minister K. Rosaiah’s skin. “Otherwise, Mr. Rosaiah was prepared to resign if the Congress got even one seat less than the rival parties,” Mr. Moily said.

Caution

Addressing a meeting of the APCC office-bearers at Gandhi Bhavan here on Friday, Mr. Moily asked the party leaders to get their act and mind together. He directed them to identify the deficiencies and strengthen the party for “many more elections to come”. “Nothing comes for free or by way of charity. It is the dedication of the leaders and the cadre that brings success to the party,” he said cautioning the party rank and file against allowing success to go to their head.

Congress Working Committee (CWC) member Pranab Mukherjee stressed the need for unity among the party rank and file to face many challenges and numerous difficulties. Congress, he said, was a large national party and divergence of views within the party was common. “We can sort them out. If we take courage to face the challenges, the so called anti-incumbency and other factors will not prevail,” he said.

He cited the results in Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh where the Congress could come to power overcoming all other factors and wanted the leaders and cadre to draw inspirations from these victories in taking the party forward.

APCC president D. Srinivas said he too was not happy with the results as Congress could not secure 65 to 70 seats as anticipated earlier. He attributed this to the rebel factor on the one hand and the consolidation of the anti-Congress vote in favour of the Telugu Desam. “By the time we realised this, it was a bit late,” he said.

Mr. Rosaiah advised the party leaders to analyse the reasons that resulted in the party not securing the required majority and take steps accordingly.

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