‘People yearning for a change’

Former Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy said that the people of Andhra Pradesh were looking for a change and the Congress would strive to win back their support by owning up the AP Reorganisation Act.

Addressing the party State executive committee meeting here on Wednesday, Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy asked leaders and cadre to focus on bringing back into the party fold all those who have become “inactive or silent” after the election debacle.

He said the reorganisation Act was the best weapon the Congress had against other political parties.

The former CM said certain circumstances pushed him into leaving the party. Thereafter he maintained a low profile, but now he would work for the Congress actively and would soon reveal his political strategy.

Booth committees

All India Congress Committee general secretary and former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the review of all the 175 Assembly Constituencies in the State had been completed. The party decided to constitute 44,000 booth committees as part of an effort to strengthen the cadre. Mandal and town committees would also be constituted. Coordination committees for Assembly constituencies would also be constituted, Mr. Chandy said. He said the entire exercise of constituting the committees would be completed by September15. All committee members would then be given training. The party would begin its door-to-door campaign on October 2, Gandhi Jayanti, he said. Several programmes would be organised in memory of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from October 31, the day she was assassinated to November19, her birth anniversary, Mr. Chandy said.

APCC president N. Raghuveera Reddy, former Union Ministers M. M. Pallam Raju, Panabhaka Lakshmi, Killi Kriparani, former TTD chairman K Bapiraju, former Speaker Nadendla Manohar and AICC leader Gidugu Rudraraju were present.

Congress workers turned up in large numbers at the Gannavaram airport to welcome Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy.

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