Congress has won semi-finals: YSR
Describes poll victories in five States as a popular vote accepting the national leadership
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy has described the Congress electoral victories in five States as a popular vote accepting the national leadership the party provided through UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh vis-a-vis the BJP.
“The party has won the semi-finals decisively and it’s a good augury for the finals in offing”. Reacting on the election results here on Monday, Dr. Reddy said the victories were also indicative of the faith reposed by people on the Congress and of their appreciation of the many welfare and pro-poor schemes and developmental programmers being implemented all over the State and specifically in the states where the polls were held. The Chief Minister, who kept his day’s official works at the minimum to follow election results, contended that the Congress scored over the BJP in spite of some impact of the Mumbai terror attacks on the voting pattern. “But for this impact, it would have put up a much better show, particularly in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi. “The party wining majority seats in Delhi, Rajasthan and Mizoram and coming close to victory in Chhattisgarh and improving its position in Madhya Pradesh is a good sign”.
He said the party scored a decisive victory in Rajasthan, won Delhi for a third consecutive time, whereas it was a landslide victory in Mizoram.
BC quota: YSR to take delegation to Delhi
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has agreed to take a delegation of BC organizations leaders to New Delhi for meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in connection with introduction of a bill in Parliament on reservations for BCs in legislatures. A release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said here on Monday that Dr. Reddy made the announcement while addressing the leaders here.
Earlier, a conference of BC organizations/associations and employees unions held here demanded introduction of a bill in the coming Parliament session providing reservations for BCs in legislatures.
V. Krishna Mohan Rao, member, AP Commission for BCs, presided over the conference, which was attended by the presidents/secretaries of various organizations.
Plea to YSR
R. Krishnaiah, president, AP State BC Welfare Association, while inaugurating the conference appealed to Dr. Reddy to lead a delegation of BC organizations to Delhi for prevailing over the Central leaders to table the bill. He demanded 150 tickets to BCs by all parties in the coming elections.