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YSR reportedly promises to ‘accommodate’ Babu at an ‘appropriate’ time

Babu wards off media, remains tight-lipped on developments

TIRUPATI: A temporary truce has been worked out in Chittoor legislator C.K. Babu’s resignation episode which had created flutter in the Congress circles on Friday.

The lull follows a fire-fighting mission taken up by former TTD Trust Board Chairman B. Karunakar Reddyto assuage the feelings of the Congress strongman who is cut up over his non-inclusion in the Cabinet.

The fact that his rival group leaders, Forest Minister P. Ramachandra Reddy and Roads & Buildings Minister G. Arunakumar could make it to the Cabinet eventually, caused him a serious political discomfiture.

Trying times

Mr. Karunakar Reddy, reportedly on a briefing by the Chief Minister has on Saturday, called on Mr. Babu at his residence in Chittoor and tried to prevail upon him not to do anything which would precipitate matters in the party more so when the Chief Minister had just begun his second innings amid trying times.

He is also said to have conveyed to the estranged MLA the Chief Minister ‘specific promise’ to accommodate him suitably in the government at an ‘appropriate time’.

“Mr. Babu is my man and how can I go without rewarding him with a suitable post,” Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy is said to have told Mr. Karnuanar Reddy according to reliable sources.

Following the mediation, Mr. Babu is said to have agreed to wait for some more time bringing the curtains down on the high drama which turned out to be a storm in the tea cup.

For the second consecutive day, the MLA preferred to remain tight-lipped and ducked all questions from the media which tried to seek his comments on the developments.