Prodigals keen on returning to Congress fold

  • Undavalli reportedly in touch with the high command
  • Some senior leaders object to idea of admitting the rebels

(Sanjay)

Hyderabad, October13: Those Congress leaders in Andhra Pradesh who rebelled against their party high command for its decision to bifurcate the State are now contemplating staging a comeback. They are understood to be in touch with the national leaders in Delhi and might join the mainstream soon.

Senior leaders who were members of the last parliament like Undavalli Arun Kumar, Lagadapati Rajagopal, Harsha Kumar and Sabbam Hari criticized the party leadership in no uncertain terms taking strong objection to its attitude in going for bifurcation of the state of Andhra Pradesh. They all joined hands with the then chief minister, Kiran Kumar Reddy, and mounted concerted attack on Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, the triumvirate of the UPA-II dispensation. They tried to force the government out by introducing a no-confidence motion. In fact, they were more violent in their language used to criticize their party leaders than the opposition parties like Teulugu Desam Party (TDP). Such firebrand leaders are now very eager to come back to the mother party like prodigal sons. Arun Kumar is understood to have poured out his heart in his recent conversation with an old friend in the AICC. He reportedly requested the leader to convey to party President Sonia Gandhi their wish to rejoin the party and that they are waiting for a green signal from her. Party high command also is reportedly in favour of admitting these leaders into the party.

After knowing that the party high command is not averse to the idea of their rejoining, Undavalli is understood to have discussed the subject with APPCC chief Raghuveera Reddy. However, there are indications that some senior leaders of the party are not favourable to admitting those leaders who maligned the party’s image by attacking the party’s top leadership. How the leaders who were supposed to be supporting the party in difficult times chose to castigate the leadership be taken back, they asked.

But the former MPs are hopeful of joining the mainstream and working for revival of the party’s fortunes so that they can be in the reckoning well in time for the next general elections. First of all, they are very particular to end the present phase of political wilderness.

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