New Delhi: Urban Development Minister S
Jaipal Reddy Wednesday said he was not in the race to succeed K
Rosaiah as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, even as he met
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee before he left for Hyderabad
to attend the Congress Legislature Party meeting.
Reddy said no political significance should be
attached to his meeting with Pranab as it was to do with a
function of his ministry.
68-year-old Jaipal Reddy, seen as a contender for the
Chief Minister`s post, met Mukherjee at his North Block
Later, Mukherjee and a battery of heavyweight leaders
like A K Antony, Veerappa Moily and Ghulam Nabi Azad left for
Hyderabad to attend the Congress Legislature Party meeting
this evening to elect a new leader.
Emerging from the 20-minute meeting, Jaipal Reddy
said: "Politics was not discussed... I came to invite
him for a function of my ministry (Urban Development).
Asked whether he was in the Chief Minister`s race, he
said: "I was never in the race and will never be."