Hyderabad: In a bid to keep the Congress
flock together, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar
Reddy on Tuesday held a meeting with three party MLAs amidst
reports that they might join rebel leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy
In a related development, Union Finance Minister and
member of AICC special sub-committee on AP affairs Pranab
Mukherjee spoke to Kiran Kumar over phone and was understood
to have enquired about the developments in the party in the
wake of reports that some MLAs were likely to join hands with
The Chief Minister reportedly informed Pranab about his
talks with the three MLAs who openly pledged their support to
Jagan, and their response.
"Right now, there is no threat of their (MLAs) quitting
the party," Kiran reportedly sought to assure Mukherjee.
Machilipatnam MLA Perni Venkata Ramaiah (Nani) took part
in the Kadapa ex-MP`s public meeting in the coastal town in
Krishna district last night and openly pledged his support to
Jagan "in deference to the wishes of my constituency people".
Nani, however, said he would continue to hold his post as
well as remain in Congress till 2014.
During their meeting, Kiran is understood to have
counselled Nani not take any hasty decision and reminded him
that his family had been in Congress for about six decades.
Nani`s late father Perni Krishna Murthy was a former
minister in the state.
Nani later told newsmen that there was no question of his
deserting Congress now. "I attended Jagan`s public meeting
since he visited my constituency. I will not take part in
any of his future programmes," he said.
The Chief Minister also spoke to Kakinada Urban MLA
Dwarampudi Chandrasekhar Reddy and Anapathy MLA Nallamilli
Sesha Reddy and requested them to stay away from Jagan.
But Sesha Reddy told the chief minister that he would
accompany Jagan during the next leg of `Odarpu Yatra` in
Visakhapatnam district scheduled to begin on January 3.
"I told the Chief Minister about the ground realities in
the constituency and said there was no way I could not take
part in Jagan`s yatra," Sesha Reddy told reporters in the
Chandrasekhar Reddy too reportedly said he would remain
in Congress but at the same time continue his relationship