Guntur (AP): The CPI on Wednesday said it expects a change of guard in Andhra Pradesh after the next month`s Presidential election following the ruling Congress` crushing defeat in the just-held bypolls.
Talking to the media here, Andhra Pradesh CPI Secretary K Narayana said following the Congress` debacle in the June 12 by-elections, the party leadership was seriously thinking of replacing Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.
Congress won only two of the 18 Assembly seats where bypolls were held, while YSR Congress of Kadapa MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy scored victory in 15 Assembly segments and also the lone Lok Sabha constituency (Nellore), which went to bypoll. TRS got one Assembly seat.
The change of guard may take place after the July 19 Presidential election, the CPI leader said.
"The Congress party`s indecision on the Telangana issue has also destabilised the State Government and triggered revolt by Congress MPs from Telangana," he observed.
Narayana described the Congress Government in Andhra Pradesh as "incompetent and corrupt".
He said the CPI will soon launch a slew of programmes to highlight the problems being faced by farmers and people living in the urban areas of the state.