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First-time Congress party MLAs ‘dispirited’

KVP tells Ministers not to raise Jagan issue at CLP meeting

HYDERABAD: Loyalists of former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy are worried that as emotions in the wake of his death are yet to cool down, first-time MLAs may rake up the issue of anointing his son Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy at the Congress Legislature Party meeting whenever it is convened.

That the delay in naming the Kadapa MP as the Chief Minister is causing disappointment among the first-timers was mentioned by the late Reddy’s aide K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao at a meeting he held with 15 Ministers at his residence here on Tuesday. He reportedly cautioned them that any such move at the CLP meeting would adversely affect Mr. Jagan’s prospects.

With each passing day, the loyalists keen on making Reddy’s son as the Chief Minister are getting dispirited with the party high command yet to respond to their efforts. Dr. Rao met Mr. Jagan and briefed him about his discussions with the AICC leaders during his two visits to New Delhi.

With no firm indications coming from the central leadership, the Ministers took stock of the situation during their two-hour meeting with Dr. Rao. Several Ministers, who were earlier aggressive and vocal in their demand for making Mr. Jagan the Chief Minister, have softened their stand. Danam Nagender and D.K. Aruna said the high command was supreme and they would abide by its final decision. “We will wait for any number of days,” Mr. Nagender said.

According to sources, Dr. Rao said he expected the AICC leadership to summon him to New Delhi for further consultations. He admitted that the adverse media reports had caused irreparable damage to their cause. Nevertheless, he asserted that the AICC leadership was sympathetic to their cause.

A senior Minister reportedly patted the MLAs for remaining united, while another Minister observed that work in the Secretariat was becoming a casualty because of the political uncertainty. Officials were coming late to office and if this continued, the administration would face problems in future. Several Ministers later held discussions with Mr. Jagan at his residence.

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