New CM to take oath on Thursday

Updated on May 11, 2004 03:33 PM IST

While the leadership issue would be decided on Wednesday, the new CM would be sworn-in after all the results of the LS polls are out.

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PTI | ByIndo-Asian News Service, New Delhi

The Congress announced on Tuesday that its chief minister in Andhra Pradesh would be sworn-in only after all the results of the parliamentary elections were out on Thursday.

Talking to reporters after a meeting of the Andhra Pradesh affairs committee that went on for over an hour, state in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad said the Congress legislature party (CLP) would meet at 11 am on Wednesday to elect its leader.

Former CLP leader YS Rajasekhara Reddy is the frontrunner for the post as well as that of the chief minister.

Azad attributed the defeat of outgoing Telugu Desam Party's (TDP) chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu to his being out of touch with ground realities.

"He (Naidu) had carried out reforms blindly without taking into account the ground realities," Azad said.

He assured the people of Andhra Pradesh that the Congress would take all steps to implement the promises made in its election manifesto.

The Andhra Pradesh affairs committee meeting was convened at the residence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and attended by party general secretary Ahmed Patel, besides Azad.

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