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Rosaiah not to contest Assembly polls

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Veteran’s services to be utilised more profitably in other areas



K. Rosaiah

HYDERABAD: Finance Minister and senior Congress leader K. Rosaiah will not contest in the next Assembly elections but serve as the official spokesman of the Cabinet to respond to various issues and criticisms levelled against the government.

In a rare move on Saturday, the Cabinet adopted a unanimous resolution requesting him not to seek re-election in 2009 so that his services could be utilised more profitably by the government in other areas. Mr. Rosaiah is, however, likely to be fielded by the Congress for the Legislative Council when the biennial election to one-third seats in the Upper House are held in March next year.

This plea was made to the 75-year-old veteran in view of his advancing age and the bypass surgery he had undergone recently.

The view taken by the Cabinet was that he might not be physically able to canvass for himself from Chirala Assembly constituency, leave alone for other Congress candidates.

Briefing reporters later, Information Minister A. Ramanarayan Reddy said Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy broached Mr. Rosaiah’s issue and discussed pros and cons of his contesting the polls before the Cabinet adopted the resolution. The Chief Minister said that the presence of such an articulate leader like Mr. Rosaiah inside and outside the legislature would be an asset for the Congress.

It is understood that Mr. Rosaiah will brief the media whenever required on subjects pertaining to all departments by summoning the officials concerned, irrespective of whether the Minister handling the subject is present in the State capital or not.

The Minister’s plea not to make this decision public now was not heeded by the Cabinet.

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