Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Referring to the selection of party candidates for the Rajya Sabha poll, Chief Minister K. Rosaiah said he had no role to play in the selection process as it was left to the Congress core committee. Answering questions from media persons in New Delhi, he said he just made a detailed presentation on plus and minuses of each of the aspirants as well as those who would be vacating the seats when he met Ms. Gandhi and other leaders. “Whatever the decision taken by Ms. Gandhi on the issue has to be accepted by all of us.” To a question, he said he would be happy if there was unanimity on the choice of candidates. However, minor differences of opinion in the 125-year-old party like Congress should not be looked into with a magnifying glass.

Answering another question he hoped that the AICC leadership would balance all the three regions – Telangana, Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra while choosing the candidates.

On Cabinet expansion he, said he was right now busy with Rajya Sabha biennial poll and elections to the Legislative Council. He would come to Delhi with the list of names at the appropriate time.Mr. Rosaiah refuted that he was not going ahead with the projects initiated by late Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy, including the Polavaram project. “My endeavour is to see that all the projects and programmes of Dr. Reddy are continued and completed,” he said.

List of probables

Special Correspondent from Hyderabad adds: At separate meetings, Chief Minister K. Rosaiah and the APCC president D. Srinivas had with Ms. Gandhi, the two leaders were reportedly asked to give a list of probables for the Rajya Sabha elections. Political Secretary to Ms. Gandhi, Ahmed Patel, AICC general secretary in charge of AP affairs, M. Veerappa Moily and AICC organisational election in charge Oscar Fernandes were also present. The term of six Rajya Sabha members – V. Hanumantha Rao, N.Janardhan Reddy, Jairam Ramesh, Girish Sanghi, J.D.Seelam and P.Madhu will end shortly.

The prevailing political situation in the State and more particularly the affairs with in the party reportedly came up for discussion.

It is believed that the central leadership was keeping a close tab on the developments within the party in wake of mutual acrimony among the leaders.

Talking to The Hindu, Mr. Srinivas said the meeting with the AICC president was about the Rajya Sabha elections. “The high command will take a final decision on the party nominees,” he added.