AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi has decided to hold another round of meeting with Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and the PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana on April 18 in New Delhi.
Congress sources said the Chief Minister and the PCC president got a call from Mr. Gandhi’s office on Friday. The two State leaders had held a similar meeting with Mr. Gandhi on February 15.
It is understood that the AICC vice-president would now focus attention on Andhra Pradesh ahead of the series of elections slated later this year. He is likely to take a briefing from the two leaders about the latest political situation, besides the burning issues that could impact the government and party’s fortunes in the elections.
The meeting assumes significance in the wake of the CBI charge-sheet filed against Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy last week. The Congress government is on a sticky wicket in the Jagan assets case as six of its Ministers have been served notices for their role in the issuance of 26 controversial GOs.
The government is unable to take a decision on the continuance of these Ministers in the Cabinet. There is growing demand that the Ministers should be shown the door and the Cabinet completely overhauled to enable the party to face the next elections confidently.
The Chief Minister, who has been touring the State highlighting the series of new welfare programmes launched by his government, is expected to brief Mr. Gandhi. The PCC chief could present a report about the steps taken by him to reconstitute the district and constituency level committees. Mr. Gandhi could give some clarity on the one-man one-post issue also, sources said.
The two leaders, who had during the last meeting stressed the importance of finding a solution to the Telangana issue, could highlight it again, to end the uncertainty in the State.
The meeting could also discuss the defections from the party to the YSR Congress and its impact. The two leaders might raise the issue of disqualification against nine MLAs who had voted against the government during the no-confidence motion.