TDP forsees midterm assembly poll, banks on churning in Cong

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 20:25

Hyderabad: Hoping to return to power,
Andhra Pradesh`s main opposition Telugu Desam Party is banking
on a revival of its fortunes and possible mid-term assembly
poll in the wake of the churning in state`s ruling Congress
following the resignation of rebel MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.

"Let us be prepared for the mid-term elections. It may
happen any time given the political situation," TDP chief N
Chandrababu Naidu reportedly told his senior colleagues at a
meeting here today.
"We are closely watching the situation and getting ready
for any eventuality," a TDP politburo member said after the
meeting.

In the current scheme of things, actor Chiranjeevi-led
Praja Rajyam Party that claims to be the third largest party
in the state has nothing to cheer about.

It had to abandon its plans of joining the Kiran Kumar
Reddy-led Congress government after the move was seen as a
precursor to PRP’s merger with Congress. PRP’s image in
general and Chiranjeevi?s in particular took a beating because
of the flip-flop.

After the exit of Jagan from Congress, the constitution
of the new council of ministers by Chief Minister N Kiran
Kumar Reddy tomorrow may cause fresh trouble for the Congress.

Jagan’s loyalists who are still with Congress might
create more trouble if they are not suitably accommodated in
the ministerial council, party leaders apprehend.

Though Kiran Kumar has tried to re-assure several former
ministers and senior Congress MLAs who met him here today that
there was no immediate threat to his government since CLP is
intact, there is a lurking fear in the party that more than 30
MLAs might crossover to Jagan?s camp sooner or later.
Though none of the MLAs has so far formally quit the
Congress, they are openly flaunting their loyalty towards
Jagan, much to the chagrin of the party leadership, and are
expected to make a move as soon as Jagan announces his new
political outfit.

"In that event of the MLAs breaking away, we will have to
bank on Praja Rajyam Party as well as Majlis-e-Ittehadul
Muslimeen and we may also require the support of some others,"
Kiran Kumar reportedly told a group of former ministers.

While the ruling party is wary of the crisis in its
ranks, it also knows that Telangana issue is not closed yet.

In just a month, the five-member Justice Srikrishna
Committee is expected to submit its report to the Centre on
the separate statehood issue and the Chief Minister needs
breathing time to settle down to serious business and be
prepared to handle the situation.

The Chief Minister can fancy this only if there is order
in the ruling party.

Kiran Kumar has another challenge in the form of winter
session of the state legislature that should be convened
either in the first or second week of December.

Though originally scheduled for November 29, the winter
session could not be convened because of the resignation of K
Rosaiah as Chief Minister and subsequent political
developments.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 20:25

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