Post the humiliating defeat in the 2014 assembly elections in AP, the Congress high command has been facing criticism over turning a blind eye on the state politics. While most of the senior leaders went into oblivion, the leaders who once voiced against the government chose to remain tightlipped which in turn snubbed the party to lose sheen. Unlike the parties like TDP, BJP and JanaSena which has been playing an active role in Amaravati protests, no noted leader from Congress took a stand. On the verge of going defunct in Andhra Pradesh, All India Congress Committee on Thursday appointed senior leader and former minister Sailajanath as the president of Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC).
In an official statement issued with the name of AICC general secretary KC Venugopal, two other senior leaders N Tulasi Reddy and Shaik Mastan Vali were appointed as APCC working presidents. With the resignation of former PCC chief N Raghuveera Reddy, the party unit in the state was deprived of leadership while the high command seemed to take no interest in state politics. Which in turn resulted in no state leader taking up the responsibility of reviving the party. Sources revealed that, Raghuveera Reddy was offered the presidentship first which he rejected on a lighter note. News also has it that the high command requested seniors like N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Chinta Mohan and M M Pallam Raju who doesn’t want to take up the challenging role. However, the high commands hunt ended with Sailajanath, a well-noted Dalit leader who is known for being dynamic. On this note, a section political analysts speculated his leadership while the most senior leaders of the party chose to snub the offer. Will Sailajanath revive the lost glory? Is it the right choice? Only time reveals the answers!