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Updated: January 2, 2014 02:37 IST
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Kiran Reddy draws flak for action against Sridhar Babu

Y. Mallikarjun
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The sudden stripping of the Legislative Affairs portfolio from D. Sridhar Babu has triggered a fresh round of controversy between the Congress' Telangana-Seemandhra leaders

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy’s sudden decision of divesting Minister D. Sridhar Babu of the Legislative Affairs portfolio kicked up a storm in the ruling Congress on Wednesday with Telangana leaders saying his action was “vindictive,” and exposed his attempt to derail the bifurcation process.

On a day of high drama, Mr. Sridhar Babu, who held the Civil Supplies portfolio, threatened to resign from the Cabinet but was restrained by his colleagues from the region from taking any hasty step.

‘Ulterior motive’

Congress leaders from Telangana held a series of meetings and targeted the Chief Minister for taking a decision with “an ulterior motive,” ahead of the crucial debate on the A.P. Reorganisation Bill 2013 on January 3.

“We are not questioning the Chief Minister’s authority on changing the portfolios but are condemning the manner in which it was done it,” Panchayat Raj Minister K. Jana Reddy said.

I am hurt: Sridhar Babu

Mr. Sridhar Babu called on Mr. Jana Reddy and even drafted a letter of resignation. “I am hurt by the way the decision was taken,” he told The Hindu.

He asserted that he had only performed his duty when the Bill was tabled in the Assembly. All these years as Minister of Legislative Affairs he had not violated any rules or conventions.

The action against the Minister sparked protests with a bandh being observed in his native Karimnagar district while Congress leaders staged a sit-in at Gandhi Bhavan, the PCC headquarters. Lashing out at the Chief Minister, TRS floor leader in the Assembly E. Rajender urged Telangana Congress members to come out of the government.

A delegation of Telangana Ministers rushed to Governor, E.S.L. Narasimhan to complain to him against the Chief Minister. Mr. Jana Reddy, termed the action “undemocratic and immoral”.

One more, hopefully the last desperate attempt of Seema Andhra CM to stop the
democratic process. May be Kiran should dismiss all Telangana Minsters and
declare that Telangana does not need any minsters since he, Naidu, JP can
represent Telangana as well. What a mocary of democracy.. When last day
approaches, still Kiran has some more tricks left. Well Samkya Andhra Tamasha
continues...Any Sridhar Babu and other Telangana minsters at least now know that,
they are only allowed to be Ministers to serve Seema-Andhra Interests. That is
what Telangana minsters did for all these years..Now challenging masters will have
reputations.. losing job. All Telangana minsters, just get out ....

from:  B.Gujja
Posted on: Jan 2, 2014 at 15:11 IST

No force in this world can prevent formation of Telangana state.few
Selfish, cunning and narrow mindedness people are regularly creating
hindrances in the creation of Telangana state to safeguard their illegal
properties in and around Hyderabad. Telangana is a 60 years old demand.
More than 1200 Youths committed suicides for the genuine cause of
Telangana state.

from:  Hasan
Posted on: Jan 2, 2014 at 14:29 IST

Why cant the CM take over the ministry of Commercial Taxes to boost the
State's revenue. He is making all out efforts only to project himself as
the champion of the Samaikyandhra, which will not be recognised by the
people. He has lost the credibility which a CM is expected to
have.......

from:  M Khalid Ahmed
Posted on: Jan 1, 2014 at 16:32 IST

i dont thing any conspiracy in it. CM have right to take any action on cabinet. Telangana congress people should stop yelling on CM.

from:  ganesh
Posted on: Jan 1, 2014 at 15:33 IST
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