With the seven-day mourning period for Y S Rajasekhara Reddy ending on Thursday, the campaign for choosing his successor in Andhra Pradesh has intensified in Delhi.
K V P Ramachandra Rao, who is spearheading the move to make Reddy’s son Jagan Mohan Reddy chief minister, called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and senior leaders Pranab Mukherjee and Digvijay Singh on Wednesday.
Rao is a confidante of the late chief minister and a member of the Rajya Sabha.
“The prime minister knows everything about the political situation in the state. He is also aware of the sentiments of the people and party workers. I do not have to explain the details to him’’ Rao said after the 25 minute meeting.
On Tuesday, Rao had met Congress president Sonia Gandhi who, according to him, had said she would talk to the prime minister, party officials in charge of the state and other concerned people before deciding on the leadership issue.
Besides Rao, several other Congress MPs met Gandhi. They included Union minister Jaipal Reddy, K S Rao, Renuka Choudhary, P Prabhakar, Rajaiah and Rajgopal Reddy.
K Rosaiah’s elevation as chief minister is seen as interim. His continuation will depend on his acceptability to Jagan Mohan Reddy and the 154-member Congress legislature party. Most MLAs support Jagan Mohan Reddy. As the Congress has a thin majority of eight MLAs in the assembly, it will have to balance between the sentiments of the people and legislators and the need to ensure stability and good governance.
If the Congress thinks Jagan Mohan Reddy needs to gain experience and age before becoming CM, it will have to accommodate him somewhere.
But sources rule out imposing a non-legislator as CM.
Pranab Mukherjee may go to Hyderabad to condole with the family and talk to legislators. The CLP will be called only if there is consensus on a name.
Andhra Pradesh in charge Veerappa Moily said: “Whatever decision is taken will be after due deliberations and in the interest of the party and the people of Andhra Pradesh… We will not disappoint the people of the state.’’