Congress leaders of Andhra Pradesh will hold a brainstorming session on January 4-5 in Hyderabad to take stock of the working of the party and the government as YS Rajashekhara Reddy completes two and a half years in office.
The Reddy government has been in controversy for the past month on several issues, including the controversy over the land scandal allegedly involving the chief minister and the party’s abject defeat in the Karinnagar Lok Sabha byelections which Telangana Rashtra Samiti leader Chandrashekhara Rao won by over two lakh votes on the plank of a separate Telangana.
There have also been complaints about the CM’s lack of accessibility to his party colleagues. But his handling of farmers suicides and extending the irrigation network was praised by the prime minister at the Congress chief ministers’ conclave in Nainital in September 2006.
According to Digvijay Singh, All India Congress Committee general secretary in charge of Andhra Pradesh, 300-odd state leaders, including former CMs, former MPs, MPs, legislators and state officebearers will attend the meeting which will review the performance of the state government and work out strategies for the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.
Andhra Pradesh is a key state for the Congress and had helped the party form a government at the Centre by winning 33 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in 2004. Though the Congress stand is that a Second State Reorganisation Commission should be set up to go into the issue of demand of separate states, the brain storming session will also have to work out its response to the TRS’ demand for Telangana.