Open criticism of CM not acceptable, AP leaders told
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 18:56
Hyderabad: All India Congress Committee secretary, Krishnamurthy, on Wednesday held talks with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, state Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana, ministers and MLAs, against the backdrop of heightened dissident activity in the party.

Krishnamurthy, however, warned that adverse remarks against the Chief Minister would not be accepted, even as the demand for Kiran Kumar's removal is being voiced openly by senior leaders, following the party's debacle in the recent by-elections to seven Assembly constituencies.

Interestingly, the AICC secretary claimed that nobody made the demand to replace Kiran Kumar during the talks he held. "We will not accept any open criticism of the Chief Minister. It is not proper for senior leaders to go public with their dissident voices," he said.

Krishnamurthy spoke to ministers and MLAs from various districts separately to get feedback about the party's state of affairs ahead of the coming by-elections to 18 Assembly seats and Nellore Lok Sabha seat, Congress sources said.

Talking to reporters later, the AICC secretary observed that both the government and the party in the state were "strong". He parried a question on Telangana statehood issue, saying it was under the Centre's purview.

The long-pending appointments of presidents of District Congress Committees would happen soon, he said.


First Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 18:55

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