I had no info about Samma joining Congress – Gandra Venkataramana Reddy

HYDERABAD: Warangal District Congress Committee� president and Government Chief Whip Gandra Venkataramana Reddy on Friday came down on PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana for not informing him about admitting TD leader S Samma Rao into the party.

Talking to newsmen at the Congress Legislature Party office here, Gandra said it was mandatory to inform the district presidents about new comers joining the party. The PCC chief failed to inform him about Samma Rao’s joining and violated party’s norms, he pointed out.

Recalling that the APCC had earlier not approved Samarasimha Reddy joining the Congress as Mahbubnagar district minister D K Aruna objected to it, Gandra wondered why is the PCC chief discriminating now.

He said he was informed about Samma Rao joining the party by PCC chief at swearing in ceremony of the governor. “Whoever is willing to join Congress should get approval from the DCC. This is the regular practice,’’ he said. He again appealed to party high command to reconsider Samma Rao’s candidature for Parkal seat.