Even followers of the Major Irrigation Minister are against him now
The Congress party in the district is a divided house now with majority of them standing against Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah who is already maintaining a low profile after the death of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
Mr. Lakshmaiah faced a strong opposition from the former Minister K Surekha group who maintain their own identity. Another former Minister D.S. Redya Naik too maintains his own group and never allowed anyone meddle in the affairs of his Dornakal Constituency and now even the Mahabubabad constituency which his daughter M. Kavitha represents.
Those who were close to Mr. Lakshmaiah – D. Madhava Reddy of Narasampet, T. Rajaiah – MLA of Station Ghanpur, former MLA D. Srinivasa Rao of Chennur constituency were all against him now. Mr. Madhava Reddy who was a staunch follower of Mr. Ponnala suddenly distanced himself and grouped with those against him.
Senior leader Kondapalli Dayasagar Rao who is considered as power centre within the Congress party is reportedly unhappy with his loss in two successive elections. Sources within the party say that Mr. Lakshmaiah did not cooperate with Mr. Rao and those around the Minister deliberately worked for the defeat of Mr. Rao in the recent byelection to Warangal West Assembly.
Warangal East MLA B. Saraiah who has been waiting for a berth in the cabinet was critical of Mr. Lakshmaiah accusing him of hatching conspiracy against him. “Mr. Lakshmaiah wants his own man to be chairperson of biggest agricultural market in the State as against the wishes of Mr. Saraiah,” party sources said.
A group of MLAs, former MLAs and sitting MPs S. Rajaiah and P. Balram Naik reportedly expressed their unhappiness at the highhandedness of Mr. Ponnala Lakshmaiah with in-charge Minister R. Venkat Reddy who too lent them support in their argument against Mr. Lakshmaiah with Chief Minister K. Rosaiah when they reportedly met him on Wednesday.