Andhra CM calls first cabinet meet since Telangana decision

  • Prasad Nichenametla, Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
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  • Updated: Sep 18, 2013 22:46 IST

After a gap of two months, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy has called a meeting of his cabinet, to be held on Friday.

The highest decision making forum of the state has not met since the Congress's decision on July 30 to bifurcate the state to form Telangana.

CMO officials said there was not enough agenda for the meet, held on the third Friday of every month, to be convened since July 19 when it had met last time.

However, the lapse is primarily attributed to the tense political situation and even fears of a clash between the Telangana and Seema-Andhra ministers over the statehood issue.

The Congress' Working Committee resolution has created a rift between the party's ministers from the two regions who have been sparring outside.
 
A brief bonhomie last week, when the two sides met (with a few ministers from both sides absent) at the CM's dinner for the 14th finance commission members visiting the state, has been short lived.

It has to be seen now how many ministers of the 37-member cabinet would attend the meet that brings both groups together at one place.

The Telangana ministers, especially deputy chief minister Damodara Rajanarasimha, have been criticising CM Reddy for his stand in favour of a united Andhra Pradesh.

"We are not yet sure if we would attend the Cabinet," a Telangana minister told HT. 

More important is the dilemma of the Seema-Andhra ministers. At-least 10 ministers had submitted resignations in protest of the Telangana resolution and are abstaining from official duties in the state secretariat.

Though none of these resignations have been accepted till now, the ministers are hesitating to attend the meet, as becoming a part of it could draw severe protests in their constituencies. The united Andhra agitators had already termed these resignations as a sham.

Meanwhile, the agitation against division in the 13 districts of Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra completed 50 days on Wednesday.

 

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