Kiran Reddy meets Sonia Gandhi

Possible cabinet expansion, Telangana statehood issue and the strategy to be adopted during the forthcoming by-elections are understood to have figured during discussions CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy today had with Sonia Gandhi.

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2011, 15:21 PM IST

New Delhi: Possible cabinet expansion,
Telangana statehood issue and the strategy to be adopted
during the forthcoming by-elections are understood to have
figured during discussions Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N
Kiran Kumar Reddy today had with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

Reddy, who is here on a two-day visit, met Gandhi at her
10, Janpath residence and apprised her about the political
situation in the state.

Gandhi`s political adviser Ahmed Patel and party General
Secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh Ghulam Nabi Azad were
also present at the meeting.

Though there was no official word on what transpired at
the meeting, sources indicated that the cabinet expansion,
which has been long-pending, was discussed at the meeting. The
speculation about a cabinet expansion gained momentum after
his government won a no-confidence motion moved by Opposition
Telugu Desam Party earlier this month.

The strategy to be adopted during the by-elections for
seven assembly seats was also believed to have come up for
discussions, the sources said.

With Congress deciding to seek disqualification of 16
MLAs who voted against the Government, the number of
constituencies that will go to by-polls will increase if the
Assembly Speaker disqualifies the legislators.

The Telangana statehood issue is also understood to have
come up for discussion.

PTI