With Vayalar Ravi leaving on his tour of the East and West Godavari districts on Thursday, Adilabad Congress leader and former minister Indrakaran Reddy charged central party leaders with giving undue importance to leaders belonging to the former Prajarajyam party at the expense of ruling party seniors.
On Wednesday, Nalgonda district Congress leader R Damodar Reddy had taken strong objection to Ravi’s driving down to Chiranjeevi’s residence on a breakfast visit. In response, labour minister and BC leader Danam Nagender said that Damodar Reddy’s reaction betrayed his bias against the weaker sections.
“What is wrong in it if an AICC leader attends a breakfast meeting hosted by Chiranjeevi.
“Mind you, it was Chiranjeevi who saved Congress by voting with the government at last year’s no-confidence motion in the Assembly,” Danam said, adding that Ravi had merely made a courtesy call to a leader who stood for social justice.
The labour minister wondered how his party colleague was saying nothing about Ravi’s visit on Monday to the residence of Rajya Sabha member Palvai Govardhan Reddy.
“Damodar Reddy’s remarks show his discomfort at the growing importance of the weaker sections in the party,” Danam said.
Congress sources said that Reddy community leaders were upset with Ravi as he had given the impression that he was in Hyderabad to gather information against the chief minister.
“Why is the Congress high command giving undue importance to leaders like Chiranjeevi and ignoring seniors who have loyally stood behind the party for years,” asked Indrakaran Reddy.