HYDERABAD: School Education Minister N. Rajyalakshmi was in tears following an argument with the vociferous Nellore district MLAs on Friday in the presence of Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy. The argument broke out over the entry of a rebel candidate into the fray for the Legislative Council elections from the Nellore Local Authorities constituency.
The Minister attended a review meeting convened by her Cabinet colleague J. C. Diwakar Reddy, who is in-charge of party affairs in Nellore district.
The meeting was aimed at thrashing out differences among leaders over the issue of election of the official candidate for the Council poll from the Nellore LAC, C. V. Sesha Reddy. Anam Ramanarayan Reddy, MLA, was angry that a rebel was in the fray despite opposition from every one. He reportedly blamed the rebel's presence on Ms. Rajyalakshmi accusing her family of planning to ruin the ruling party chances in the election.
Ms. Rajyalakshmi argued that the rebel had no support from her or her family, but there were few takers. Others argued that the rebel, Raghavendra Reddy, was also a follower of Nedurumilli Janardhan Reddy, MP. It was a case of `strategy that had boomeranged' they asserted as the rebel candidate was now refusing to withdraw from the contest.
The Chief Minister intervened and firmly asked the MLAs to bury their differences and work for the victory of the official candidate while Mr. Ramanarayan Reddy kept criticising the Minister. Ms. Rajyalakshmi came out of the Chief Minister's chamber with moist eyes and waited for another audience with Dr. Reddy who, however, left for New Delhi without further ado.