24-01-201924-01-2019 16:46:49 IST
2019-01-24T11:16:49.183Z24-01-2019 2019-01-24T11:16:44.834Z - - 08-04-2020
Congress has decided to go solo in the upcoming general elections as well as assembly elections in AP. All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary and AP state in charge Oommen Chandy declared on Wednesday. He added that Congress will field candidates in all 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in Andhra Pradesh.
TDP along with the Congress had jointly contested in the recent Assembly elections in Telangana and faced crushing defeat. This move of TDP to ally with Congress was criticised a lot and even party insiders were reportedly not happy with it. Pointing out Congress President Rahul Gandhi's promise to give special category status to the State if elected to power, Chandy said that although Congress performed badly in the 2014 elections, people of AP have seen how both TDP and YSRCP are unfit to govern and that the Congress is the natural and best choice for them.
Asked if he had informed Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu about the decision, Mr. Chandy said his connection was with the AICC and not with the TDP.
“The 200 convenors of the constituencies and the State executive committee members will meet in Vijayawada on January 31 to finalize election arrangements. The executive committee has decided to conduct a State-wide bus yatra under the leadership of Pradesh Congress Committee president N. Raghuveera Reddy in all 13 districts in February", said Chandy briefing the media on their next step.
The former Chief Minister of Kerala, Chandy stated that the party also decided to form all committees including election committee as per AICC directions. "We have to nominate seven committees. We will give the list of members to AICC this week itself," he said.
Interestingly, this comes rights after BSP Chief Mayawati and SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav decided to form their alliance in UP leaving Congress out of it. Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi reacted positively to this development and said that both BSP and SP are free to act as per their wishes, " "They have taken a decision in Uttar Pradesh, and we will have to take our own decision too", added Rahul.
With the introduction of Priyanka Gandhi in the party ranks, Congress is expecting a sort of revival in UP. However, political experts are seeing this as a move that will have little impact. Coming to Andhra Pradesh, with a three-sided competition already on between TDP, YSRCP, and Janasena, the chances of Congress leaving any impact this time around are low and the decision to go all alone will only hamper their chances if any.
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