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Updated: January 25, 2014 02:52 IST

Kiran snubs Digvijay by ignoring summons

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Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy
The Hindu Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Friday declined the invitation of All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Digvijay Singh’s to be present in Delhi for discussions on selection of party candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections.

Mr. Kiran Reddy, who has been keeping a distance from the high command after the July 30 decision to divide the State, informed Mr. Singh that he was could not attend the meeting as the debate on the crucial Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill was in progress in the Assembly.

He had skipped the AICC meeting held in New Delhi on January 17 on similar grounds. That the Chief Minister was in no mood to heed the high command’s plea was clear when he made light of the summons.

Asked by reporters in the Assembly after the House was adjourned whether he was going to Delhi, Mr. Reddy said: “Abhi Delhi bahut door hai. (Delhi is far away).” The central leadership had asked the Chief Minister and Pradesh Congress Committee president Botcha Satyanarayana to attend a meeting with Mr. Singh to discuss the probable candidates. Mr. Satyanarayana left for New Delhi in the afternoon.

The Congress party can win three seats on its own strength and has to bank on support of the friendly parties to wrest the fourth seat. This is a tall order considering the revolt brewing in the Seemandhra camp.

Kiran Kumar Reddy's fight to maintain the statehood of Andhra Pradesh has
widespread support for him. His non attendance at the Delhi meet sends a strong
feeler to Delhi that the Andhra Congress leadership is against the states bifurcation.

from:  PRabhakaranp
Posted on: Jan 25, 2014 at 12:07 IST

I do not think otherwise about Kiran Reddy's decision....If some thing valuable related to the state is happening in the state assembly he ought to be present...other political meetings are of minimal importance...Good decision..

from:  Ramakrishna K.
Posted on: Jan 25, 2014 at 08:57 IST

Hitherto the Congress Party has been banking on the support of Andhra
Pradesh people very blindly. In other words, the support is taken for
granted by the Party. The people of Andhra Pradesh were also extending
support to the Congress Party unconditionally, unmindful of any
returns to the State. In a way, they have never demanded any return
benefits to the State so far. However, they remained as loyal
supporters all along. This is the simple reason why Andhra Pradesh was
ignored on all aspects and no considerable development took place,
including granting of additional Railway Lines and other development
Corridors. Now, with the Bifurcation decision taken by the Centre, the
Centre is certainly playing with the livelyhood and self respect of
the people, which is not so easy to compensate. In other words, the
people of AP, more so the Seemandhra people feel that their self
respect is totally beaten. The decision taken by Chief Minister is,
therefore, a testament to all such feelings.

from:  T Rajeswar Rao
Posted on: Jan 25, 2014 at 08:35 IST
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