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Andhra Cong faces fresh crisis

india Updated: Dec 03, 2010 23:15 IST
Ashok Das

A fresh crisis broke out in the Andhra Pradesh Congress with state party chief D Srinivas wanting to quit.

The reason: chief minister Kiran Reddy did not consult him either when selecting ministers or during allotment of portfolios.

Reddy called on Srinivas only on Thursday night after the cabinet crisis had come to a boil.

Meanwhile, rebel minister Vatti Vasantha Kumar withdrew his resignation on Friday.

Kumar, who did not attend yesterday's cabinet meeting protesting against the "insignificant" tourism portfolio that was offered to him, relented after a group of MLAs from his native East Godavari district requested him to continue in the cabinet.

Congress MP KS Rao and transport minister Botsa Satyanarayana also met him and urged him not to press with the resignation.

"The problem is solved. I am attending office from Monday," Vatti Vasantha Kumar told HT .

On the other hand, Srinivas is so unhappy that he left for New Delhi on Friday to meet the central leaders and ask them to relieve him of the post at the earliest.

His supporters said he may ask for a post in the All India Congress Committee.

"While YS Rajasekhara Reddy was chief minister, he used to inform me about decisions beforehand. But that is not happening now. I am coming to know of decisions through newspapers," Srinivas is reported to have told his associates.

Meanwhile, Jaganmohan Reddy's Telangana followers, including legislators Konda Surekha and B Goverdhan, have become vocal about the region's issues.

Several of them, including legislators, called on Jaganmohan on Friday and accused Kiran Reddy of conspiring with the anti-Telangana forces.