Virtually rejecting the ‘conspiracy' theory in the old city violence, the Chief Minister, K. Rosaiah, expressed displeasure over the Congress leaders publicly airing their views on the tense situation and pointing their accusing finger at some forces within the Congress.

“Making provocative remarks without any information or evidence is totally uncalled for. These statements will only complicate the situation. Every body knows how rumours can crate havoc during such tensions,” Mr. Rosaiah remarked referring to the comments made by Congress leaders -- Madhu Yaskhi Goud, P.Shankar Rao and V. Hanumantha Rao -- raising doubts about pre-planned move to unseat the Chief Minister.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Mr. Rosaiah appeared completely upset with the utterances of his party men and also dragging into the picture the Chairman of committee on public security K. V. P. Ramachandra Rao. “If our leaders have any specific information about the conspiracy angle, they can very well pass on the inputs to the police officials to take suitable action,” he observed.

Earlier, facing embarrassment over the remarks by his party colleagues at a meeting with leaders of political parties in the Assembly, Mr. Rosaiah asked APCC president D. Srinivas to speak to all the three leaders and advice them to observe restraint.

Meanwhile, the allegations levelled by Mr. Madhu Yaskhi drew condemnation from the legislators from Andhra and Rayalaseema. Talking to reporters, Congress MLAs -- Jogi Ramesh, Rajesh, Vijaya Prasad and Ramachandra Reddy -- wondered why the Nizamabad MP was hell bent on embarrassing the government. Stating that the MP was casting aspersion on the leaders from the two regions, the three Congress MLAs warned him to refrain from making such allegations and threatened to teach him a fitting lesson for his utterances.

Ministers and Congress MLAs from the two regions decried the Nizamabad MP's remarks stating that he appeared to be working overtime to help the Opposition.