AICC might replace Jana Reddy after Assembly session

HYDERABAD: As part of its exercise of revamping and rejuvenating the party in Telangana, the Congress high command may replace K. Jana Reddy as Leader of the Opposition and appoint a leader who can effectively take on the ruling TRS in the Assembly.

According to informed sources, the change might be effected as early as possible in tune with the changes already effected in the Pradesh Congress Committee. However, senior party leaders feel that Mr. Jana Reddy may not be disturbed at least till the completion of the budget session of the Assembly by this month end. The session will begin on March 7.

His replacement is considered imminent since the leadership has begun the exercise of revamping the party in Telangana by replacing TPCC President Ponnala Laxmaiah with Uttam Kumar Reddy.  Moreover, Jana Reddy hails from Nalgonda district to which Mr. Uttam Kumar also belongs.

Senior Congress leaders, including legislators, were said to be disappointed with Mr. Jana Reddy’s style of functioning and his failure to corner the ruling TRS party in the last Assembly session. Congress leaders felt let down at Mr. Jana Reddy’s soft approach as Leader of the Opposition and his inability to push the TRS Government to the wall on various acts of omission and commission.

In contrast, other Congress MLAs like Mr. T. Jeevan Reddy, Mr. Bhatti Vikramarka, Ms. D.K. Aruna, Mrs. J. Geetha Reddy had successfully and vociferously cornered the government and even derailed the proceedings on critical issues like farmers’ suicides and loan waiver to farmer. This happened during the absence of Mr. Jana Reddy for two days.

As several controversial issues have now surfaced like shifting of the Chest Hospital, relocating the Secretariat and, move to auction government lands, the Congress leaders feel that yet another opportunity has come for putting the ruling TRS in the firing line in the Assembly. Hence they feel the urgent need to replace Jana Reddy with a strong and forceful leader with enough fire power to launch an onslaught on the government.

Since the Assembly session commences on March 7, the question of replacing Jana Reddy is ruled out for the present. Status quo would be maintained for now and the change effected after the budget session by when Rahul Gandhi would take over the reins of the party.

Mr. Jana Reddy, who is in New Delhi and participated in the meeting with Sonia Gandhi along with other Telangana Congress leaders, reportedly expressed unhappiness over change of guard in the TPCC at this juncture. (NSS)

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