Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister
N Kiran Kumar Reddy sought to put up a brave face as he
conducted a post-mortem on Friday of the results of the
Legislative Council election from the Assembly quota.
Kiran said he felt "betrayed" by his party colleagues
who are loyal to rebel leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, and
accused them of "cheating" the Congress with the main
objective of defeating its official nominee Mohammad Jani in
the election held yesterday.
"They (MLAs loyal to Jagan) repeatedly promised and
assured me that they will indeed vote for the Congress
candidate in the Council elections. In fact, I told them that
we will withdraw the fifth candidate from the fray if at all
they have other plans. Except three or four, rest said they
will vote for the Congress, but in the end they cheated the
party," Kiran told newspersons here.
He revealed that some of the Jagan loyalists
approached him and sought a change in their first preference
vote in favour of the MIM candidate, and "I agreed".
"Accordingly, we altered our strategy, but their main
objective was to defeat the Congress` official candidate."
"On the face of it, 10-11 votes of Congress were
crossed (in favour of MIM). Overall the number of votes
crossed could be 20. Anyhow, the MIM is our ally," he said.
In the end "joh jeeta wohi sikander" (winner takes it
all), Kiran quipped.
Asked if he personally felt cheated, the Chief
Minister remarked: "It’s not me as such. It`s the party (that
has been cheated)."