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The New Boss

The New Boss? BRAHMANANDA REDDY has won handsomely. He has broken the grip that Sanjeeva Reddy had established over the Pradesh Congress in Andhra in the mid-fifties. What is more, this has been done at a time when Sanjeeva Reddy's star is in the ascendant, when he has even dreams of becoming No 2 or No 3 in India and when Sanjivayya, his hated rival till the other day, is in alliance with him. Despite all these odds, Brahmananda Reddy's group won with a margin of 27 votes (163 as against 136) in the election to the Andhra Congress Election Committee. By this victory the group now has a majority of one! No Triumph for Progressive Forces What made this possible? Was it a revolt against the "dictator"? Was it a triumph for some new forces, more progressive elements? Alas! it is quite impossible to claim this as any sort of victory of healthy or progressive elements as against a clique of reactionaries. It is true that the biggest landlords like the Rajahs of Chellapalli and Viziana- garam and other smaller zamindars were banded together under Sanjeeva Reddy's flag. But at the same time the biggest champion of the landlords, the doughtiest opponent of land reforms, state trading, procurement levy, etc, was one of the leading lights of the now victorious group

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