Cooperation Minister Kasu Venkata Krishna Reddy has indicated that elections to cooperative societies will be held sometime in the second week of May.
Since the ordinance extending the term of the present societies would expire around May 21, the State Cabinet would take a decision on the conduct of the elections before that.
The Minister dismissed the claims that the government was reluctant to conduct these elections and held that the results would have no reflection on the government's functioning.
In an informal chat with reporters here on Thursday, the Minister appealed to Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to favourably consider lifting the Value Added Tax imposed on textiles, at least in a phased manner.
The Congress MLAs had approached Mr. Kiran Kumar in view of the protests launched by traders in support of their demand for withdrawal of VAT.
Asked about YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy's proposed dharna on the problems faced by textile traders, he said though there was nothing wrong in staging protests in support of the demands, dialogue was more important to resolve the issues.
Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy could succeed in attracting traders and some leaders to his dharna in view of the importance of the issue, it could not give him any advantage.
Meanwhile, Rural Development Minister D. Manikya Varaprasad appealed to Speaker Nadendla Manohar to ensure installation of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's statue on the Assembly premises.