The Telangana Congress party has been languishing to retain its name in the state. The party has fared badly in Huzurnagar, Dubbaka and the recently concluded GHMC elections. While BJP increased its numbers to 48 seats from a mere four, the Congress could secure two wards out of 150 wards in civic polls.
Finally, taking responsibility for the party’s lacklustre performance, N Uttam Kumar Reddy resigned from his post as TPCC (Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee) chief. Naturally, the Congress is looking out for a new candidate to fill his place.
One of the major issues haunting TPCC is the threat of leaders from various levels leaving the party. Some days back, it was DK Aruna who jumped over to BJP. Vijayashanti who has been dormant, also joined the saffron party in the presence of BJP national president Nadda.
If the trend continues, Congress will become non-existent just like TDP in Telangana. So, finally, the high command of the Congress seems to have woken up to this reality. It has got Manickam Tagore, Congress MP from Tamil Nadu and general secretary for Telangana to oversee and settle Telangana issues.
Manickam Tagore will fly to Hyderabad today and hold discussions with various leaders in the party. The main agenda would be to find a new PCC chief. Talk in political circles is that A Revanth Reddy, MP Malkajgiri, who moved from TDP to Congress, is the frontrunner for the post.
Revanth Reddy is considered to be active, enthusiastic and fit to revive and infuse life into the almost defunct party. However, as is the norm in Congress party, other senior Reddy leaders are also under consideration.
Meanwhile, the Congress has another issue. Senior OBC, SC and ST leaders are voicing their opinion that the status quo within the party has to change. V Hanumantha Rao, who is a party veteran, has expressed his opinion on these lines.
Of course, a final decision will be taken once Manickam gives his report to the Congress ‘high command’.