However, the Congress leaders in Seemandhra region fear even to carry her photo in their campaign materials. According to sources, a section of Congress leaders have advised the party chief not to address any public meeting in the Seemandhra region on the ground that there were serious security concerns.
They are apprehensive that there might be protests if she or Rahul visits the region. But what is more concerning for the party leaders is that there might be a poor turnout of people to her meetings as they are disillusioned with the Congress leadership post-bifurcation.
On the issue of apprehensions over Sonia's campaigns, a senior party leader said it was a tough call as the party cadres would get demoralised if the top leadership avoids campaigning there. However, he agreed that issues had to be factored in before arriving at a decision. In the end it would have to be her call, the leader declared.