Manikrao Thakare, the newly appointed AICC in-charge for Telangana, arrived in Hyderabad on Wednesday for his maiden visit to the state.
Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president A. Revanth Reddy, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and other leaders greeted him at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.
“Cordially welcomed our newly appointed AICC General Secretary in-charge for Telangana Shri.Manikrao Thakre ji at the Hyderabad airport today. Looking forward to working together in this crucial year,” tweeted Revanth Reddy.
As per reports, there was some drama at the airport as senior leader V. Hanumantha Rao staged a sit-in when the airport security stopped his supporters.
Thakare later arrived at Gandhi Bhavan, the party’s state headquarters. AICC secretary Bose Raju, Madhu Yaskhi Goud, Anjan Kumar Yadav, Mahesh Goud and other leaders welcomed him.
During the day, the AICC in-charge will meet with a cross-section of party leaders.
The All India Congress Committee (AICC) appointed Thakare as the party new in-charge on January 4 amid infighting in the state unit.
Thakare, a senior Maharashtra leader, replaced Manickam Tagore, who was transferred to Goa after complaints by a section of senior leaders he had been supporting Revanth Reddy and taking unilateral decisions.
Last month, a group of senior leaders criticized Revanth Reddy for packing the party panels with his loyalists.
They had also announced the Save Congress in Telangana movement, describing it as a battle between the “real Congress” and leaders from other parties.
This was a direct attack on Revanth Reddy and others who defected from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to join the Congress a few years ago.
A day after senior leaders raised the revolt flag, 13 loyalists of Revanth Reddy had announced resignations from party posts.
The crisis compelled the high command to dispatch senior leader Dignvijay Singh to Hyderabad. He met with the leaders of both groups individually and submitted a report to the high command based on the feedback he received.
On January 4, Revanth Reddy stated that if the high command appoints another leader as TPCC president, he will carry him on his shoulders.
Revanth Reddy, also an MP, stated that he would work for the party without any post. He claimed that regardless of which party he was associated with, he always worked with discipline.
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