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Reports totally baseless; it is not fair on their (media) part to send a wrong message to the people, say Ministers

9 Ministers hold press meet to clarify position

Media told to refrain from carrying such reports

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah and all his Cabinet colleagues resented the reports in a section of the media that some Ministers were not extending their cooperation to Mr. Rosaiah who was appointed to the top post after the death of Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy in a helicopter crash.

The reports, coming in the light of the Congress high command’s instructions against causing any embarrassment to the new government, generated much heat in political circles. The party leadership is learnt to have directed the Ministers to clarify the position and ensure that such “stories” were not circulated.

Rosaiah clarifies

The Chief Minister himself clarified that he was receiving full cooperation from his colleagues and nine Ministers convened a press conference to reiterate that they were behind Mr. Rosaiah. This was followed by a press release by the Council of Ministers.

Quoting reports which mentioned about the absence of a couple of Ministers, Mr. Rosaiah said the Ministers had been asked to attend the condolence meetings organised to pay homage to the former Chief Minister. Other Ministers were also taking his permission to leave the State capital to attend programmes.

The State Council of Ministers described as “totally baseless and far from truth” the reports that Ministers were not discharging their duties and not attending the review meetings convened by the Chief Minister. In a statement, they said a section of the media was indulging in such mudslinging with a view to destabilise the government and the party.

The people and the government were in grief with the loss of YSR and “we have not come out from the grief with the State mourning period having been completed just yesterday.” It was not fair on their (media) part to send a wrong message to the people, they said.

At a separate press conference, Ministers N. Raghuveera Reddy, Anam Ramanarayana Reddy, Mopidevi Venkataramana Rao, D. Sridhar Babu, P. Vishwaroop, J. Krishna Rao, P. Balaraju, Kanna Lakshminarayana and M. Mukesh Goud expressed concern over the reports and appealed to the media to refrain from publishing such reports.

Meeting with Rosaiah

Meanwhile, several Ministers met the Chief Minister at his office, some to participate in the review meetings and the rest to express solidarity with him in the light of the press reports. They said they would be dishonouring the memory of Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy if they did not cooperate with Mr. Rosaiah.