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Updated: October 4, 2013 12:44 IST

Strategy was to isolate Kiran

S. Nagesh Kumar
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Plan to announce ‘T’ before CM’s rebellion snowballed into a total revolt successful

The timing of the crucial announcement by the Central Cabinet on bifurcating Andhra Pradesh was evidently part of a well-laid out Congress strategy to contain political damage from within and isolating the recalcitrant Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy.

Mr. Reddy was the target of attack by nine of his Cabinet colleagues on Tuesday and again by a junior Minister on Wednesday in what was clearly seen as an orchestrated attempt by the AICC to bring Mr Kiran Reddy under check before his rebellion snowballed into a total revolt against the high command.

October 3, it must be said in all fairness to the party, was the day on which the note on Telangana was expected to come up before the Cabinet after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s return from his US sojourn.

The controversy kicked up by AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi over scrapping the ordinance on convicted legislators only sidetracked the issue for a while.

The indisposition of Defence Minister A.K. Antony, who heads the committee to address the concerns of Seemandhra people, also gave an impression that tabling of the Cabinet note may be postponed.

But AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh lent a twist by pointing that the Antony Committee was not meant to reconsider the CWC’s decision on Telangana. By taking the Congress high command head-on, Mr. Kiran Reddy has put his job on stake.

His press conference three days ago about the adverse effects of bifurcation on both Telangana and Seemandhra only added fuel to the fire. Even before he could fire more salvos at the Centre, his own Cabinet Ministers from Seemandhra were made by the Congress high command to turn against him.

Mr. Kiran Reddy, who has completed two-and-a-half years in office, was clearly unfazed by attempts to undermine him.

He told a large group of Congress leaders here on Thursday that he would not go to Delhi hereafter. An already incensed Central leadership has reportedly begun attempts to find a replacement for him, though the possibility of imposition of President’s Rule is not ruled out. Finance Minister Anam Ramnarayan Reddy, who led the charge against the Chief Minister, is the frontrunner in the race as he belongs to the Reddy community, which, the high command hopes, can swing votes in the party’s favour. If the party chooses a Kapu leader, it can have vast options as Union Minister K. Chiranjeevi and PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana are among those belonging to the community.

The Congress high command has apparently done its homework, judging by the limited damage from within and the dwindling of Chief Minister’s supporters in the Cabinet from 21 to about seven. Whether the internal Congress battle spills over to the Assembly remains to be seen as the Centre may steamroller its decision and not seek the Assembly’s views at all.

What the Congress must now factor into its strategies is how it can prevent its MPs and MLAs from Seemandhra from defecting to the YSR Congress and the Telugu Desam.

If the present ministers have any shame ,all should leave the party and not make the cM isolated.once again the centre is playing the same game of turning one against the other who is very eager to occupy the chair due to disunity of Andhra ministers. this time people will not forgive if some other(LIKE CHIRANJEEVI

from:  kvl shanta
Posted on: Oct 5, 2013 at 05:23 IST

Sir as we are telling all these days,there is no unity among the ministers in Andhrapradesh and the centre,encouraging the groupism in the state.and the congress high command make the ministers turn against the cm. this game is going on for several years and replacing the chief ministers has become a routine of the congress.always suspense whether the cm continues or replace by rival candidate. Shunting between centre and Hyd is only their job. no other state follow this formula.thus Andhra ministers have proved themselves cheap in centres view. it is better to leave the party (PALLAM RAJU< CHIRANJEEVI

from:  kvl shanta
Posted on: Oct 5, 2013 at 05:03 IST

What is the difference between British ruling India, and this central leadership (CWC) coming down hard on AP? What is their motive? When a child/adult cries on the street, even if not related, one tries to stop and inquire what the issue is. And here is a Central Government, so hell bent upon "completely pleasing" a new section of people - completely ignoring the 66 days of "people-lead mass protests". We have never witnessed so many women come to streets to express themselves, and the entire population of 6 crores is doing it voluntarily. This is a "massive Blackmail" where once a central party loses complete favor in a region, due to its bad government/progress over 10 years, it chooses to completely ignore their protests. We are most concerned about the "total compromise of democracy"!

from:  Rajan
Posted on: Oct 5, 2013 at 04:15 IST

Thanks for doing this Mr Nagesh. This analysis is greatly appreciated

from:  Nolan
Posted on: Oct 4, 2013 at 17:14 IST

"Cabinet Delivers Telengana"....this is a cesarian and the real mother is sad...the consideration was not health of the mother, but money for the doctor/party(votes). The ends of the surgeons justified the means. This is what political ruthlessness is all about. God save India from these surgeons !! Other deliveries will soon follow.

from:  M.Seshagiri Rao
Posted on: Oct 4, 2013 at 10:23 IST
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