Hyderabad: Newly-appointed president of Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee, N Raghuveera Reddy today appealed to leaders who quit the party in recent days and also those planning to leave soon to “reconsider” their decision.

“We all shared the good when the party was in good times. Now, let us also share the losses if any when the party is passing through tough times,” Raghuveera remarked, addressing his maiden press conference after his appointment here today.

In an oblique reference to former Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and several former ministers and MLAs, who quit Congress in recent days to chart their own political course, Raghuveera lamented that such people left the party ahead of elections after enjoying many posts all these years.

He appealed to such leaders to ‘reconsider’ their decision to strengthen the Congress.     He, however, asserted that he would strive to strengthen the Congress with the help of “sincere workers” who remained in the party.

“The responsibility to strengthen the party is on every worker,” he added.

Maintaining that he was not treating PCC president as a “post”, Raghuveera noted that “it is a responsibility”.

“I will fulfill my responsibilities in co-ordination with everyone in the party. I shall always remain conscious of my responsibilities,” he said.

Raghuveera recalled that he had discharged all duties entrusted to him by the party in the last 25 years effectively.

Thanking Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi for appointing him as the first president of (residuary) AP Congress Committee, Raghuveera said he promised the high command that he would run the party effectively with the co-operation of everyone.

Referring to the state bifurcation, the new PCC chief observed that it was “inevitable”.

“But Seemaandhra will get a special package for development,” he pointed out.

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