PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana was reportedly told indirectly by the high command to either choose any one post-transport ministry or PCC post. Analysts said that there could possibly be some differences- as reported by certain section of media-between chief minister Kiran Kumar and PCC chief Botsa due to this apparent decision from Congress high command. Also, it was reported that Botsa was not showing keen interest in Congress activities as PCC chief compared to earlier. Now that it looks most evident that Botsa would step down as PCC chief, who's going to adorn that post has become a topic of the town.
Those three leaders:
There are currently three leaders in PCC post race. Kapu-BC, BC-others and SC s are trying hard to get PCC post. Notably, Botsa was also a BC, so his successor might be most likely from the same group. Anyway, if we go by what observers say that out of the former MP Mallu Ravi, senior minister Kanna Lakshminarayana or former PCC chief D Srinivas, one is most likely to become PCC chief after Botsa steps down.
In fact, there was news in the air that Kanna Lakminarayana almost got the PCC chief post but then scene took a different turn after D Srinivas came into the picture. Further, it was reported that chief minister Kiran Kumar said he would have no objection if DS was made PCC chief. It looked like CM apparently was apparently of the opinion that it was due to DS's work that Congress came back to power twice.
Although Kanna is also in the race, who is senior leader, chief minister Kiran Kumar neither supported nor opposed the candidate's name, said sources. On the other hand, giving a seat to DS would not only send across the signals to the party leaders that seniority would be given priority, but would also appease leaders from Telangana region as well as BC s.
The merit side of giving PCC chief to Kanna is that he's from Kapu community, which has strong vote bank in coastal parts of Andhra Pradesh. Since it was evident that many converted Christians and Reddy's were tilting towards YSRC, Congress high command would almost relax in case if it gives PCC post to Kanna Laksminarayana.
Mallu Ravi, who's another leader away from controversies, is also a good candidate in the books of Congress. By giving PCC post to Mallu Ravi, Congress can easily bank upon SC votes besides appeasing leaders from Telangana region.
All in all, Congress high command now apparently has three right candidates for PCC post. Who Congress high command would think the right one has become a million dollar question. To know the same, one needs to keep his fingers crossed for some more time!