Kiran on sticky wicket, Jagan camp claims support of 36 MLAs
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Last Updated: Monday, November 29, 2010, 19:01
  
Hyderabad: Barely 5 days in office and cricketer-turned-Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy finds himself on a sticky wicket.

The 'doosra' bowled by rebel Kadapa MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy today apparently caught Kiran off-guard, perhaps an indication of political turmoil that he may face especially with Jaganmohan followers ready to bowl more googlies and even bouncers at him.

Congress sources indicated that at least 28 MLAs have solidly pledged their support to Jaganmohan and offered to resign while another 7 – 8 are also keen to follow suit.

The Jaganmohan camp claims at least 4 members of Lok Sabha, 36 MLAs and half-a-dozen members of Legislative Council are now behind him.

"4 to 5 MLAs from Praja Rajyam Party will also join hands with us soon," the rebel leader's aides claimed.

For the record, however, Jaganmohan appealed to Congress MLAs not to quit their posts "for me".

"Wherever you are, your love and affection are enough for me. Please do not resign from your posts for me," Jaganmohan appealed in the open letter he addressed to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

However, a Jaganmohan loyalist, who interestingly camped in New Delhi over the last three days lobbying for a cabinet berth, claims that the son of former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy is all set to split the party and dislodge the Kiran Kumar Reddy government.

"Wait for two more days and see what happens," said the first-time MLA.

The Chief Minister, who returned from New Delhi this afternoon, discussed the fallout of Jagan's resignation with several former ministers and MLAs at the Lake View Guest House.

Kiran Kumar was closeted in an "informal meeting" with them after meeting the state Governor E S L Narasimhan for about 15 minutes in the Raj Bhavan.

PTI


First Published: Monday, November 29, 2010, 19:01


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