Central Congress leaders took all precautions to keep introduction of the note a secret

In spite of speculation of that Centre was mulling tabling the note in the Union Cabinet meeting on Thursday, it took all precautions not to make it public.

The Union Home Minister S. K. Shinde even went on record stating that the move to table the note in the Cabinet was just speculation. When a large delegation of Seemandhra Ministers and elected representatives met Chief Minister in the camp office on Thursday, Mr. Kiran Reddy did not give any hint about the Cabinet note.

“We were all with the Chief Minister till 3.30 p.m. and he did not break the news about the note. Probably, he himself was clueless about the Centre’s moves,” a senior MLA remarked.

Highly placed party sources said that the PCC president, along with Union Minister K. S. Rao, met Petroleum Minister M. Veerappa Moily at around 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Mr. Moily too feigned ignorance about the note and reportedly told the PCC chief that he had no information. Incidentally, the PCC president was camping in New Delhi for the last couple of days but was reportedly kept out of loop about the developments by the central leadership.

Asked by The Hindu, Mr. Satyanarayana admitted that he indeed had some doubts towards the evening, when the word spread about the T-note. “I used all my contacts in the Centre and realised that the note was being introduced in the Cabinet meeting,” he remarked.