Ut­tam in­vites pro­fes­sion­als

Deccan Chronicle - - POLITICS - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

PCC pres­i­dent N. Ut­tam Ku­mar Reddy and se­nior Congress MLA J. Geetha Reddy on Satur­day ap­pealed to pro­fes­sion­als to join the Congress to do pub­lic ser­vice.

Nar­rat­ing his own ex­pe­ri­ence, he said, “As an In­dian Air Force fighter pi­lot, I had never imag­ined that some­day I would en­ter politics. But I joined elec­toral politics, got elected for four terms as a leg­is­la­tor and now I am head­ing the party in Te­lan­gana state”.

He said a ma­jor­ity of pro­fes­sion­als had fallen for the po­lit­i­cal pro­pa­ganda of the BJP in 2014 elec­tions. They voted to make Mr Naren­dra Modi the Prime Min­is­ter with the hope that he would ful­fil his prom­ises. “They were shocked after re­al­is­ing that the Modi gov­ern­ment has cheated them,” he said.

He said both Mr Modi and Chief Min­is­ter K. Chan­drasekhar Rao were de­stroy­ing demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions and pro­fes­sion­als could stop this “mas­sacre of democ­racy” by join­ing the Congress.

Dr Geetha Reddy said Congress vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi had re­alised that mil­lions of pro­fes­sion­als could play an ac­tive role in strength­en­ing democ­racy and there­fore de­cided to form the All In­dia Pro­fess-ion­als Congress (AIPC) with for­mer Union min­is­ter Shashi Tha­roor as its chair­man, and her­self as South In­dia co­or­di­na­tor.

She said the AIPC would iden­tify and de­bate is­sues con­cern­ing com­mon peo­ple from the vil­lage to the na­tional level. She said that the AIPC would pick im­por­tant is­sues which should be de­bated in the Assem­bly and Par­lia­ment.

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