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Kiran plays down Kadapa by-polls

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‘YSR is a Congressman and we will use his image to the hilt'



Delhi durbar:Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy with Union Health Minister and In-charge of Andhra Pradesh Affairs, Ghulam Nabi Azad, at his residence in New Delhi on Wednesday.

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has said that too much should not be read into the bye-elections to Kadapa Lok Sabha and Pulivendula Assembly constituencies.

“We take every elections seriously and the by-polls also come under the same category. But, we can not treat these bye-elections as an unusual development,” he told reporters after holding consultations with AICC president Sonia Gandhi and other central leaders in New Delhi on Wednesday.

He earlier met AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad and party president's political secretary Ahmed Patel separately.

Talking to reporters in New Delhi before returning to the city, Mr. Reddy said the Congress would use to the hilt the image of late Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy to garner votes.

“For a brief period, he was with the Reddy Congress but later joined the Congress and grew in the party. We will certainly use his image in the bye-elections. I will campaign in the elections,” he said.

Asserting that the Congress was strong in Kadapa, he expressed confidence that party would win the elections. “We take every election seriously and contest accordingly. If the voters turn out is more, the winning margin also goes up,” he said.

He denied reports that he had differences with APCC president D. Srinivas and justified drafting of Ministers for bye-elections stating that it was not a new precedence.

Meanwhile, the AICC officially announced the names of D.L.Ravindra Reddy for the Kadapa Lok Sabha and Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy for Pulivendula Assembly constituencies.

The Chief Minister during his visit met Union Ministers – Ghulam Nabi Azad, Salman Khurshid, M.M.Pallam Raju and Sai Pratap. He urged Mr. Azad to take up Rajiv Arogyasri health scheme as national scheme.

He sought release of Rs. 207 crore under Planning Commission Grant in additional to Rs. 100 crore under additional central assistance for the Rajiv Arogyasri programme.

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