Congress to let YSR go

The 10-member Ministers Committee that was entrusted the job of suggesting measures for improving the functioning of both the Congress party and the state government, will meet party MPs on July 17 and MLAs on July 18 to ascertain their views.

The committee was supposed to finalise its interim report today and submit it to the Chief Minister and the Pradesh Congress Committee president tomorrow, but has instead decided to hear the views of the party’s legislators before it does so.

One of the major decisions taken at the meeting was that both the party and the government should shed the image of the late chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy that looms over all the schemes and programmes, and project the Congress as the provider of future policies and programmes.

Sources said that the ministers felt that unless the YSR stamp is erased in a phased manner, it would be difficult for the party to overcome his influence, particularly as his legacy is being claimed by a rival party.