The BRS (Bharatiya Rashtra Samithi) party has been organising Atmeeya Sammelans (friendly meetings) in all constituencies of the state as an attempt to reach out to every activist of the party. However, these meetings have brought out differences between party leaders as the cadre question the party leadership for ignoring them. The meetings are being held in coordination with the MLAs and constituency incharges, who have been specially appointed by the party.
The Atmeeya Sammelans have witnessed scenes where some leaders have skipped the meetings and those unhappy have raised their voices in the crucial election year. The Ministers, including P Sabita Indra Reddy, Gangula Kamalakar, Talasani Srinivas Yadav, and others, have had to face the ire of local leaders and activists.
In a meeting convened by the city Minister Srinivas Yadav, important leaders including Deputy Speaker T Padma Rao Goud, M Gopal, MLC S Vani Devi, and city president M Gopinath skipped the meeting. The leaders rued that while they were neglected, importance was given to MIM leaders. The Minister had to pacify the leaders stating he would note down the issues and bring them to the notice of the party president K Chandrashekar Rao.
In the Atmeeya Sammelanam held in Rangareddy district, Minister Sabita Indra Reddy had to face criticism from local leaders who alleged that she was not giving any information about party programmes. They argued that Sabita had come from Congress and was ignoring real BRS leaders.
Similar scenes were witnessed in meetings held in erstwhile Karimnagar districts where Civil Supplies Minister Kamalakar had to face the ire of workers who said that he was not coordinating with them and not giving any importance to them in party and government programmes.
Party leaders feel that these meetings have become a forum to question the leadership. However, the meetings are organised to know what are the issues of party workers and the party will try to resolve them, said a senior leader of the party.