Andhra CM Reddy is an obedient soldier, says Congress
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has denied reports that he has resigned in view of the Congress leadership`s decision to carve out a separate Telangana state.
Zee Media Bureau
Hyderabad: Terming the reports of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy’s resignation as `incorrect and baseless`, the Congress on Tuesday hailed him as a very obedient soldier of the party.
Reacting to the speculation in media about Reddy’s possible exit in opposition to Congress’ decision to carve out a separate Telangana state, senior leader Renuka Chowdhary said, “Ï think the news has been completely distorted, he (Reddy) is a very obedient soldier of the party.”
Meanwhile, Reddy also denied reports that he has resigned in view of the Congress leadership`s decision.
The Chief Minister`s office termed the resignation reports in a section of the media as `untrue`.
Kiran Kumar Tuesday morning left for New Delhi on summons by the party leadership ahead of the meetings of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coordination panel and the Congress Working Committee.
Kiran Kumar had already conveyed to the leadership that he can`t preside over the state`s division.
In the event of his departure, the party will have to either name his successor or bring the state under President`s Rule to facilitate formation of Telangana state.
The Congress core group, in its meeting last week, had rejected his objections to carve out Telangana state. Hailing from Rayalaseema region, Kiran Reddy is opposed to state`s division and had pleaded the leadership to at least delay a decision.
After the core group meeting, the chief minister had called on party president Sonia Gandhi but had returned disappointed to Hyderabad the same day. The ministers from Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and Andhra regions) who called on Reddy during last three days said he was very upset over the turn of events.
With IANS inputs