To be or not to be a DCC president?
Congress leaders’ dilemma
Hyderabad: Is competition fierce in Telangana Congress party for the District Congress Committee (DCC) president posts? Some of the party leaders are seriously trying through various means to clinch the position. In most of the districts, the competition is somewhat tough even though the number of districts has gone up from 10 to 31.
AICC secretary in-charge of the State party affairs RC Khuntia placed the AICC Vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s formula in the TPCC Executive Committee meeting held here a few days ago. According to the formula, those who occupy DCC posts have no chance to contest in the elections. It evoked mixed reaction.
Khuntia said at the Executive Committee meeting that the DCC presidents, if permitted to contest, were concentrating only on their constituencies leaving the remaining constituencies to the wind. This trend forced Rahul Gandhi to take the decision, Khuntia said. Some leaders asked Khuntia, “Why would the DCC presidents work hard to facilitate somebody else’s win. What will they get later?”
But this kind of decisions are not new in the Congress party. The same formula was announced when it was in power in the united Andhra Pradesh when Botsa Satyanarayana was the PCC president. During that time, Botsa opposed the formula since it included the PCC post as well. But during the 2014 elections, the formula was not implemented. TPCC president Ponnala Laxmaiah contested from Janagaon constituency and many DCC presidents were fielded.
TPCC Chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy was busy in finalizing the list of DCC presidents. According to him, most of the names were finalized where there was no competition and the list will be announced very soon. He also said that the party will intensify the students’ signature campaign demanding fee reimbursement. The NSUI and Youth Congress will organize two meetings every week to intensify the movement, he said.