The Congress on Saturday ruled out any threat from Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy to resign from the post and the party on the Telangana issue.
Party general secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh Digvijaya Singh also sought to downplay public protest by Reddy on the contentious issue. “We have given the right and freedom to all Congressmen in Andhra Pradesh to air their views regarding bifurcation of the state. Not for anything else,” he said.
A defiant Reddy had recently staged a sit-in in the capital on the pattern of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and also met President Pranab Mukherjee to request him to stop the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. There were reports that the Congress leadership was upset with him and might soon show him the door.
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Congress circles were abuzz that the party has started searching his replacement.
However, Congress MP from Vijayawada L Rajagopal said though Reddy is upset with the party high command he advised him not to quit until the ongoing winter session of Parliament comes to an end.
“The CM is also upset. We told him that you retain your post till February 21 which is the last day of Parliament session. That will give support to MPs and union ministers (from Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema),” he said.
Rajagopal criticised the Congress for not listening to the views of Seemandhra leaders.
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