The humiliating defeat in the recent assembly elections in Telangana has caused so much despair and hopelessness among the party leaders and cadre that they are not in a position to recover even a month after the election results.
Many Telangana Congress leaders blame it on Pradesh Congress Committee leadership, rather than the national leadership, for the debacle.
Already several party leaders openly expressed their disgruntlement against PCC president Capt N Uttam Kumar Reddy and AICC in-charge of Telangana affairs R C Khuntia for bungling in selection of candidates and dragging the seat sharing in the Maha Kootami till the eleventh hour.
The outburst of former Union minister Sarvey Satyanarayana against Uttam and Khuntia during a review meeting on Sunday was the climax to the ongoing trouble in the PCC.
Sarvey, who was suspended from the party for allegedly trying to assault the party bosses, made some serious comments against the leadership.
He alleged that Uttam had colluded with Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrashekar Rao to defeat not only him but also the other candidates from Kollapur, Bhongir, Palair and several other constituencies.
He also alleged that Uttam had cheated TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu and TJS chief M Kodandaram in the name of alliance.
It is learnt several Congress leaders including newly-elected MLAs are disgusted with the leadership of Uttam, who has still been clinging to his post without taking any responsibility for the defeat of the party.
“Unless Uttam is sacked and a new leadership is brought in, there will be no life to the Congress. If he is continued till the Lok Sabha elections, not less than a dozen MLAs and several other senior leaders will resign from the party to join the TRS,” a Congress leader said.