Perhaps for the first time in its history, the AP Youth Congress has an elected a president, a post which was always filled up on nomination basis all these years. However, the results will be declared officially after two days as there were some complaints from the contestants.
Challa Vamshichand Reddy will be the new chief of the youth body of the ruling Congress and he will hold the post for a period of three years. The elections for the APYC executive was held on July 11 and 12 and the counting of votes were taken up this morning.
The initiative for this exercise was taken up by AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who decided that the youth organisations should have democratically elected leaders. While the elections were already over in many states, it was delayed in Andhra Pradesh as the membership drive could not be completed in time.
While Vamshichand Reddy polled 13,799 votes, his nearest rival Anil Yadav, who is son of Secunderabad MP Anjan Kumar Yadav, got 6,326 votes. In all, there were 26 contestants including M Pururava Reddy, son of Sanathnagar MLA M Shashidhar Reddy. The runner up will be general secretary of the youth organisation.
Vamshichand Reddy, who was former state president of National Students Union of India, was a staunch follower of late leader Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and was arrested by Hyderabad police for allegedly attacking the properties of Reliance stores and other outlets in the state after it was rumoured that the business house was behind the chopper crash in Nallamala forests in which Dr Rajasekhara Reddy and others were killed nearly three years ago.
The electioneering was supervised by the Foundation for Advanced Management of Elections (FAME), a non-governmental organisation started by former chief election commissioner JM Lyngdoh.
The Congress party set a new record by conducting an election for an organizational position, when election to coveted positions in other parties too are only ornamental.