Demand for CM’s ouster gains momentum

The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen’s decision to withdraw support to the Congress government appears to have given the detractors of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy enough ammunition to seek his ouster from the post.

The Chief Minister drew flak, though not openly, from a section of partymen, for his handling of the developments at Bhagyalakshmi temple, abutting historic Charminar. From the comfortable position it was placed post merger of the Praja Rajyam, the government was forced to count on each and every Congress MLA for its survival.

First off the block in criticising the Chief Minister was his bete noir from Chittoor district, former Minister P. Ramachandra Reddy. He set November 30 deadline for the party leadership to remove Mr. Kiran Reddy from the post failing which he, along with some other Kiran baiters would submit their resignations.

His threat comes amid apprehensions that several other MLAs were planning to join the bandwagon of YSR Congress at the first available opportunity.

Party leaders also do not rule out some hardcore MLAs from Telangana and a couple of others, whose loyalties are suspect, could spring a surprise by meeting the Governor. “What will happen if 10 MLAs meet the Governor and urge him to ask the Chief Minister to seek a floor test,” a Congress MLA remarked.

Though the government may not immediately fall, it will give a handle to Mr. Kiran Reddy’s critics. Given the precarious situation, it remains to be seen whether the government musters the courage to summon the Assembly for a brief session to discuss the implementation of SC/ST Sub-Plan.

  • Chief Minister draws flak for his handling of Bhagyalakshmi temple row

  • Government forced to count on each and every Congress MLA for its survival