Hyderabad: A few leaders objected to the manner in which persons from other parties were joining the Congress without the knowledge of state leaders.
They demanded a state-level party committee be appointed to screen the admissions and ensure that there is unanimity in allowing leaders to join the Congress.
The immediate trigger was the admission of TRS leader G. Surender Reddy from Mahbubnagar Town into the party, which was objected to by party seniors like Gadwal MLA D.K. Aruna, at a meeting at Gandhi Bhavan on Tuesday evening.
Former Union minister S. Jaipal Reddy spoke to TPCC incharge and AICC secretary R.C. Kunthia and TPCC President N. Uttam Kumar Reddy over phone and overruled the objections from a few local leaders, stating he was the former MP and contesting candidate from the Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha constituency, and he has every right to recommend admissions.
At the meeting, Mr Kunthia pacified the seniors by saying that a procedure would be implemented to take all the seniors along.
Later, the Congress admitted Mr Surender Reddy and former MIM corporators Kahja Bilal and Kaleem.