Vastavam web: Rahul Gandhi met Congress leaders from Andhra Pradesh and discussed ways to strengthen the party in the state where it currently has no legislator.Among those who were present during the meeting with the Congress president included AICC general secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh affairs Oommen Chandy and state PCC chief Raghuveera Reddy.
Chandy later said Gandhi interacted with 25 party leaders from Andhra Pradesh and also had one to one meetings with all leaders and got their views.”We discussed the problems of the state. Congress party in Andhra Pradesh has already started the process to strengthen the party in the state. The party leaders also gave their suggestions to strengthen the party in the state. We prepared an action plan for next four months to strengthen the party i.e., from PCC level to the booth level re-organisation. We have finalised the programme,” he told reporters later.
Asked about the party aligning with other parties, he said, “There is no question of Congress party having any alliance with any other party in the state. Party will be organised and strengthened from top to bottom i.e., booth level. This is our fourth months’ action plan and programme.” “We have decided that our alliance is with the people of the State only. Congress party’s alliance is only with the people of Andhra Pradesh,” he said.
Chandy said in the Vijaywada meeting, the Congress leaders raised and discussed the important issue of special category status to the State of Andhra Pradesh, which was promised and announced by the then Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh at the floor of the House on February 20, 2014 when the AP Organization Act was discussed. “When BJP came to power they behaved just opposite to that demand. They have not even honoured the promised assurance. This is a cheating to the people of Andhra Pradesh by BJP. TDP was part of NDA alliance but nothing happened. Now they are opposing BJP and NDA but what happened for three and half years. Both BJP and TDP cheated the people of Andhra Pradesh. Jagan’s party also did not do anything,” Chandy said.
He said Gandhi told the party leaders clearly that if UPA came to power, special status will be given to Andhra Pradesh and the file will be signed on the first day. Earlier Gandhi also met Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, Working President of Telangana Congresss, Revanth Reddy and leaders from Telangana.