The Congress in Andhra Pradesh is planning to play the role of Janata Dal (Secular) in the State in the next elections. While being zero now in terms of voting and winning, the Congress leaders are moving fast with increased enthusiasm. The leaders are inviting the return of its former leaders to the party ahead of the elections and it begins with the home coming of former chief minister N Kirankumar Reddy.
The former chief minister is joining the Congress in the presence of AICC president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in Delhi today. While the Congress feels that Kirankumar Reddy would be a potential asset to the party in the next election, the rank and file down the line feel that his return is a great disadvantage for the party. He had left the party in 2014 opposing the bifurcation and blaming the Congress leadership for the same. He was also instrumental in splitting the Congress vote as he floated a party and contested the elections.
Now, he has to answer the questions on why he had left the Congress and why he had come back. He should give answers justifying his actions and only then he would be an asset to the party.
Besides Kirankumar Reddy, the Congress is also laying its hands on its former leaders like G V Harsha Kumar, Undavalli Arun Kumar, Sabbam Hari, Konatala Ramakrishna and others who left the party after the bifurcation. If these leaders return to the party, it would increase its vote share, but will not help win the seats in the election.
The Congress leaders say that no party in the State would have enough numbers to form the government and it would require the support of the Congress. Though claim so big the Congress has no scope of winning the seats to play the JD-S role here. However, the fact is that it is the Jana Sena, which is likely to play the JD-S role in the State if the TDP and the YSR Congress fail to get the required numbers.