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One year as AP chief minister was tightrope walk: Rosaiah

Last Updated: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 16:02

Hyderabad: The past one year as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister has been a "tightrope walk" for K Rosaiah, who on Monday said he tried to do his best in the given

"Personally it was a big task for me for two reasons. Firstly, my advanced age and secondly, I never expected or anticipated that I will have to discharge this duty. I did not
shy away though I took over as chief minister in most peculiar and pathetic situation," Rosaiah, who is 78-year-old, said today.

The chief minister, who completes his maiden stint in office on September 3, said "fortune has been on my side and the party high command and the people supported me fully".

The administration was back on track after facing a series of problems in last 12 months, he told reporters.

"Beginning with the worst drought, followed by unprecedented floods, the regional strife, price rise and the severe financial crunch... the problems were too many. But now
everything has subsided and we are slowly picking up from the recession," Rosaiah said.

Denying any communication from the Congress high command to concentrate only on governance and not worry about the party affairs, he said "There is no such brief. It is only that I do not have time or interest to focus on party affairs.

"Since ours is a national party, the Pradesh Congress Committee will manage the party affairs," he added.

Asked about the long-overdue expansion of his Council of Ministers, Rosaiah said it would be taken up at an "opportune time".

He denied having proposed the Cabinet expansion or reshuffle issue to the Congress party high command. Neither did the high command say no to his proposal.

"Whatever is appearing in the media on the Cabinet expansion is only speculation. There is no `muhurtam` (auspicious time) fixed for it," Rosaiah said.

He said the Cabinet expansion or reshuffle would be done in such a way that it contributes to effective running of the government, strengthening of the Congress and delivering better services to people.

On defiant posture of some ministers, Rosaiah said that as far as the government affairs were concerned, there was no defiance. "Government and party are different."

They all would function strictly in accordance with the Congress high command`s directives, he added.


First Published: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 16:02

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