Congress giving priority to BCs: Srinivas

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Hyderbad, Aug 21 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee President D Srinivas today denied media reports that the party was not giving priority to the Backward Classes in the selection of District Congress Committee (DCC) Presidents.

Addressing a press conference here, he said the Congress was the only party in the country, which was giving priority to the weaker sections, including Backward Classes and minorities.

Stating that the Congress had given more than 50 per cent posts to the people from the weaker sections, he said the party had appointed 11 BCs , two minorities and 15 from other classes as DCC Presidents after detailed discussions with Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and other senior leaders in the state.

Mr Srinivas said he along with Mr Reddy had a detailed exercise on the selection of candidates for the DCC Posts. The same list was sent to the Congress High Command and it was approved by AICC President Sonia Gandhi.

He said, ''my wish is to see more than 100 candidates from weaker section sitting in the assembly on behalf of the Congress party, and the whole exercise of reshuffling the organisational set up is for coming back to power in the next elections in the state.'' Regarding the selection of DCC Presidents for Kurnool and Khammam, he said the High Command would take a decision very soon.

Selection of President for the Greater Hyderabad Congress Committee was pending with the High Command, he added.

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