Hyderabad: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, AICC President Sonia Gandhi, Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and many other top honchos of the party have been suddenly descending on Telangana to take up no-holds barred campaign for the on-going elections which has undoubtedly become a do or die battle for political survival for the party in its own bastion.
The Prime Minister along with senior leaders of the party addressed an election rally at Bhongir of Nalgonda district today, while Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to address a meeting at Andole of Medak district on Sunday.
Sonia Gandhi has already participated in an election meeting recently in Karimnagar district. Rahul Gandhi on the other hand has addressed four election rallies in Nizamabad, Mahbubnagar, Warangal and Hyderabad.
Besides these star campaigners of the Congress, who’s who of the party’s central leaders like Jairam Ramesh, Digvijay Singh, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Vaylar Ravi have been camping in the state capital and also visiting various places in Telangana to supervise the party’s election campaign. The question why this sudden importance being bestowed on Telangana by the Congress bigwigs as never before has now become the hot topic of discussion not only in political circles but also among the electorate.
Congress High Command might have realized that the party is threatened by an ignominious rout in the elections due to its own doing. Late Y S. Rajashekar Reddy had turned Andhra Pradesh as an impregnable fortress for the Congress in 2004 and 2009 elections. But the 2014 elections seem to have become the nemesis for the party in the wake of bifurcation of the State.
Sonia Gandhi’s confidence of securing the maximum number of seats in Telangana stemmed from the confidence she had about TRS party merging with the Congress for gifting the separate state. But KCR virtually dumped the Congress by refusing the merger plan.
Congress is now forced to face a formidable challenge from not only its supposed ally TRS but also from the TDP, BJP and YSRCP. Even the MIM which was its ally for a long time has also distanced itself from it.
In order to ensure its political survival in the new state, Congress has pressed into the campaign all its leaders, and how far it would succeed would be known in the coming few weeks.