Hyderabad: In a first of kind move, almost all top Congress leaders belonging to Backward Classes met here on Thursday demanding that the post of of Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President be given to a leader from their community.
The meeting, held in a private hotel, was presided by AICC OBC Department Vice President Vinay Kumar attended by more than 100 BC leaders from across Telangana State including former PCC Presidents Ponnala Lakshmaiah and V. Hanumantha Rao, ex-MLA Anil, Srisailam Goud and other leaders.
Briefing the media persons after the meeting, All India Congress Committee (AICC) Spokesperson Dr. Dasoju Sravan on Thursday informed that several resolutions were passed during the meeting. He said in order to strengthen Congress in Telangana, the party needs to empower leaders from the BC community.
Besides the posts of PCC President, prominence and adequate representation should be given to BC leaders on other important posts in the PCC and AICC.
Sravan said BCs should be given tickets in proportionate to their population in the forthcoming municipal elections. Further, he said the creamy layer among BCs should be removed.
He said that BCs constitute nearly 52% of total population in Telangana and their support was crucial to strengthen the Congress party in the State.
Since the BJP and TRS are trying to polarize BCs, the Congress party must empower the BC leaders within the party as it would prove to be the Congress lifeline, he emphasised.
The BC leaders also passed a resolution opposing privatisation of RTC and demanded that the State Government permit all RTC workers who have withdrawn from strike to re-join duties. (INN)