Special Correspondent

KURNOOL: Minister for Housing Silpa Mohan Reddy was not present at the Chief Minister's meeting here on Saturday. According to sources, the Minister was away in Kadapa district to attend the funeral of a close relative who died in a road accident near Rajampet.

The Minister cut short his tour of Midtur mandal on Friday on receiving the news of the death of his brother's son-in-law. Mr. Reddy's absence became a subject of animated discussion in political circles since Congress MP Kotla Jayasuryaprakasa Reddy had launched a trenchant attack against him on Friday. The MP accompanied the Chief Minister in his vehicle and was present in several functions of Mr. Rosaiah.