Cong victory a morale booster: YSR
Observing that Congress victory in Delhi and Rajasthan will act like a `morale booster’ to the party cadre, Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy exuded confidence that the party will get more seats in 2009 elections than expected earlier.
“There is no need to worry about alliance or grand alliance by Opposition parties as they will get only 15 to 20 seats. One or two benefits provided by the Government have reached in each and every family in the State. Party workers can dare to seek people’s votes.
There is every possibility that the Congress will get more than 230 Assembly and 36 Lok Sabha seats.
However, all should work unitedly for better results,’’ Rajasekhara Reddy is quoted as saying during the meeting of presidents of district and city Congress committees and PCC office-bearers at Gandhi Bhavan on Monday.
A senior party leader who participated in the meeting said that the Chief Minister felt that Mumbai terror attacks may have affected the Congress prospects in respect of Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections where the BJP won with comfortable majority. As for 2009 elections in the State, Rajasekhara Reddy have cautioned the participating members not to expect `tickets’ in the ensuing elections. In general, members who were appointed for the posts of PCC office-bearers, presidents of DCCs and CCCs expect party tickets in next elections.
After some members have expressed displeasure at his statement, Reddy assured saying that tickets will be given to one or two members.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister claimed that the Government has succeeded in `resolving’ some major issues during the last four-and-a-half years. Extremism has been resolved to a large extent.
Earlier, there was no security even to the Chief Minister and political leaders feared to visit Naxal prone areas. Now, the situation has changed, he noted.
PCC chief D Srinivas reportedly said that the above meeting was held in a jovial manner. ``Rajasekhara Reddy did his job, and the remaining work should be done by us (party cadre),’’ he said with reference to next polls.