Rahul Gandhi to be served Andhra Cong affairs on a platter

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New Delhi/Hyderabad, Apr 11: After Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi failed to make any considerable impact in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in 2012, his clout within the party is seeing no signs of diminishing. His mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, on the other hand, is reportedly intending to handover the Andhra Pradesh party affairs to Rahul, in lieu of the Congress losing face over various scam allegations and the mounting Telangana troubles. This is being done ahead of the elections in 2014.

Sources have been quoted as saying, “Last week, Rahul met former PCC chief D Srinivas and on Tuesday, newly-elected Rajya Sabha MP R Ananda Bhaskar was summoned by the young Gandhi's office for an exclusive meeting with the AICC general secretary. Rahul is slated to meet a few more young leaders from the state before deciding what steps to take to revive the Congress fortunes in AP."

There are also reports that Rahul is all set to be briefed about the party’s affairs in the state and that he might visit Hyderabad soon. The image of the party had seen a sharp decline following the death of a charismatic leader YS Rajasekhar Reddy.

Sources also added, “The emergence of the Jaganmohan Reddy factor, the Telangana issue, the poor performance of the Congress in the bypolls and the infighting in the state Congress and the state government made Sonia realize that drastic steps needed to be taken.”

Sonia is also understood having met other AP leaders like D Srinivas and Ananda Bhaskar and chose to ignore others including CM Kiran Kumar Reddy, PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana, deputy chief minister C Damodar Raja Narasimha and others. Sources also added, “D Srinivas briefed her about the situation in Telangana and the infighting among the top leaders and the Congress prospects in the bypolls to 18 assembly seats. Ananda Bhaskar briefed her about the overall situation in the state."

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