Rebellion against Andhra CM?
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 16:33
Ministers, MLAs and MLCs are understood to have raised a virtual rebellion against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, protesting his unilateral style of functioning.

Azad is in the city since yesterday to take stock of the party affairs in the state in the aftermath of the Congress' humiliating defeat in the Kadapa and the Pulivendula by-elections.

Almost all the ministers who had one-on-one interaction with the Union Health Minister, as well as legislators who met him individually and in groups, were highly critical of Kiran Kumar's style of functioning which they said was only ruining the party, the sources said.

"We made our displeasure against the Chief Minister known to our party in charge. We told Azad that Kiran was never taking anyone into confidence," a senior minister said after another round of discussions with the AICC General Secretary in the state Congress headquarters Gandhi Bhavan this morning.

The campaign against Kiran Kumar was initiated by MLAs from his native Chittoor district. Former minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, former deputy speaker G Kutuhalamma and a couple of other legislators from Chittoor submitted a petition against Kiran to Azad yesterday.

On Azad's suggestion, they met him again this morning and poured out their grouse against the Chief Minister.

Some ministers then took their turn and vent their "anguish" over the state of affairs in the government.

At a time when YSR Congress president YS Jaganmohan Reddy was going all out in his attack against the government and when other opposition parties too were upping their ante on a wide range of issues, there was need for concerted action on part of the government and the party to get closer to people through a series of programmes.

"Unfortunately, nothing of that sort is happening as a general impression gained ground that the administration in the state has become totally paralysed," couple of ministers reportedly told Azad.


First Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 16:33

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