Hyderabad: The stability of the Kiran Kumar
Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh came into sharp focus on Tuesday
with about 20 out of Congress` 155 MLAs siding with former
party MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.
Congress’ majority in the 294-member Assembly can come
under pressure should the party take action against its
Kiran Kumar, who held meetings with a few of his
ministers on different issues in the secretariat today,
reportedly discussed the political developments, particularly
the participation of over two dozen Congress MLAs in Jagan’s
`deeksha` in Delhi in open defiance of the party high
"I myself spoke with many of those MLAs and conveyed the
high command?s feelings. But they went ahead with their plan,"
the Chief Minister reportedly told his Cabinet colleagues.
"It is certainly a disturbing factor but we have to wait
and see what our high command does to handle the situation," a
senior minister said after the meeting.
In case of a situation in which Congress gets into a
number problem, the survival of the government would depend on
the support of Praja Rajyam Party and Majlis-e-Ittehadul
But then, danger lurks in the form of Telangana
protagonists who threatened to quit their posts if a Bill for
the creation of a separate state was not tabled in the Budget
session of Parliament.
Congress currently has 155 MLAs in the Assembly. The
effective strength of the House now is 293 following the
resignation of Jagan?s mother Y S Vijayalakshmi last month.
With 18 MLAs, Chiranjeevi?s Praja Rajyam Party could
ensure the support of only 14 MLAs to the Kiran Kumar
government as two of its MLAs also have joined the Jagan
bandwagon while the other two are in the Telangana camp.
The seven-member MIM?s support will depend on Congress?
stand on the state bifurcation issue, sources in the party
"We will decide what to do only after Congress decides
what it will do on the statehood issue," a senior MIM leader
MIM is primarily against the bifurcation of the state. In
fact, PRP too is strongly in favour of a unified state and its
support to Congress, in any eventuality, might as well be
In such a scenario, the government will be in a real big
soup, political analysts point out.