Senior Congress leader K. Kesava Rao has said that Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy totally misread the situation in Telangana and the strong sentiment among people.

The outgoing Rajya Sabha member and a strong protagonist for Telangana, who failed to get re-nomination for another term, gave vent to his anger against Mr. Reddy, holding his style of functioning responsible for the party's debacle in the recent by-elections for six Assembly seats in Telangana and Kovur in Andhra. Though he did not demand the Chief Minister's resignation, he supported the stand taken by Minister D.L. Ravindra Reddy while announcing his resignation.

Speaking to The Hindu from Delhi on Thursday, Mr. Rao said it was for the party high command to take a decision. Mr. Reddy himself admitted today that he and the Cabinet owned up the responsibility for the party drawing a blank in the by-elections,” he said.

He predicted that the by-elections for 17 seats in Seemandhra would go the Kovur way.