AP Congress looks towards Oommen Chandy

The Andhra Pradesh Congress is helpless now. The party is reduced to zero after the bifurcation. The historical party has no electoral stakes and people have punished it for the unjust bifurcation. There is no scope of the party winning any election even in 2019. The party candidates have lost their deposits in all elections in the State after bifurcation bill was passed in parliament. People were disgusted and angry with the Congress for the way it handled the bifurcation issue, particularly in ignoring the voices of the Seemandhra people. Their concerns were not cared for and their interests were not protected and the Congress paid heavy price for the same.

Now, the party, in an attempt to strengthen its base from the grassroots, had made several changes and the best had come in the form of AICC incharge of the State, Oommen Chandy, a former chief minister of Kerala. Chandy is seen as better leader than Digvijay Singh, who is considered enemy of Seemandhra people.

This being the election year, it is more crucial for the Congress, which has to improve its position in the State or else, it will exit from the State politics, meeting the fate of the party in Tamil Nadu in the south and many other States in the north. The party is reduced to zero in several States and at this point if time the AICC leadership is not ready to lose its chance of recouping in the 2019 election. It is now or never for the Congress in Andhra Pradesh politics.

It is for this reason Chandy was given the charge of the party affairs in the State. He had now come to Vijayawada. In his maiden visit, he would be interacting with the party leaders from the district committees first and then with the State executive committee later. The Congress sources say that Chandy had come with an action plan for the next one year, until the elections. A highly experienced leader, Chandy had designed two-point strategy – to strengthen the party by reaching out to the people and reorganise the leadership.

There is likely to be the change of leadership in the State once Chandy settle downs to his work handling the AP affairs. The Congress suffered heavily with its leaders going to various parties and voters shifting to the YSR Congress. Chandy may not try to get back the leaders, but will have to get back the voters and this should happen in the next 12 months if the party has to make its presence felt in the State politics.

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