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Aggression wanes, resignations to wait

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State Ministers from the region want Centre to send Group of Ministers

In the first sign of cracks surfacing in the Seemandhra Congress camp, a group of ministers have decided against resigning from the Kiran Kumar Reddy Cabinet for the time being. Instead, they want the Centre to depute a Group of Ministers to the State to interact with people from the Seemandhra region and address their concerns.

The development is considered significant as it comes less than 24 hours after the Chief Minister launched a scathing attack on the Congress high-command, faulting its decision to divide the State without addressing the concerns of the region. At a meeting convened in the chambers of Finance Minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy and attended by PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana, minsters N. Raghuveera Reddy, P. Balaraju and Kondru Murali Mohan, the overwhelming mood was that of reconciliation. The PCC president also deferred his plans to quit.

Prior to their meeting, Mr. Satyanarayana and Mr. Murali had met the Chief Minister.

Although those at the meeting agreed with the observations of Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy, they felt that such outburst would only enhance the latter’s personal image and not that of the party’s.

The PCC chief had also conveyed the same to the CM during the meeting held earlier in the day. Mr. Satyanarayana told Mr. Reddy that although his remarks were correct, it should have been directed toward the party high command. To this, the CM lamented that party top brass had not been consulting him. Meanwhile at the meeting of the ministers, Seemandhra ministers were getting ready to cooperate with the party’s decision. While acknowledging that the central leadership had erred in taking decision, the ministers felt they could at least pressurise the Centre to send a GoM to hold consultations with the aggrieved. Sharing of river waters, employment, the fate of government employees and the status of Hyderabad were crucial issues that needed to be redressed.

“If we are able to convince the Centre to find an amicable solution to these issues, there is a likelihood of some headway in satisfying the Seemandhra people,” another minister was quoted as telling the meeting. While resignations appear to have been kept on the backburner, the ministers are meeting the CM on Sunday evening to chalk out their future course of action.


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