The passage of the Telangana Bill has pushed a section of Seemandhra Ministers and MLAs to rethink whether they should join hands with Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy in starting a political party.
Two ministerial colleagues of Mr. Reddy, who sailed with him through his relentless opposition to the bifurcation, Ganta Srinivasa Rao and Erasu Pratap Reddy, have resigned from the Cabinet. But indications are that they would rather join the Telugu Desam Party. Observers say if these Ministers were keen on backing Mr. Reddy, they would not have sent in their resignation letters. Many more supporters are likely to follow suit. Six Seemandhra Ministers and eight MLAs quit their posts and primary membership of the party.
The dwindling support base of Mr. Reddy was evident when a senior Congress leader said barring Social Welfare Minister Pithani Satyanarayana, no other Minister is likely to back him. Among the MLAs, only a dozen have stood by him as of now and that too these are the legislators who did not have a chance to get into the TDP or the YSRCP.
Hectic efforts by PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana and senior Ministers have yielded positive results in this regard.