New Delhi: Congress` crushing defeat at
the hands of rebel YS Jaganmohan Reddy in the prestigious by-
elections to Kadapa is understood to have come up for
discussion when Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar
Reddy met party chief Sonia Gandhi here this evening.
In the first meeting after the Congress nominees lost
badly to Jagan and his mother YS Vijayalaxmi in last week`s
by-elections, Kiran Reddy is believed to have explained the
reasons for the party`s defeat to Gandhi.
The meeting also assumes significance as it comes in
the backdrop of several MLAs openly expressing their
displeasure over the functioning of the Chief Minister.
Congress nominees in Kadapa Lok Sabha and Pulivendula
Assembly DL Ravindra and YS Vivekananda Reddy respectively
lost to Jagan and Vijayalaxmi despite the ruling party
deploying over 15 ministers to oversee the elections.
During the 30-minute meeting, Reddy was accompanied by
Ahmed Patel, Gandhi`s political adviser, and Ghulam Nabi Azad,
the party in-charge of Andhra Pradesh.
There was no official word on what transpired at the
Earlier, the Chief Minister met Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and requested him to enhance the Minimum
Support Price for rice by Rs 200.
Reddy said he explained to Singh about godown space
constraint and the FCI is not in a position to accept the levy
price as offered by the rice millers in some major rice
"Due to this the millers are holding the rice stocks
in their godowns and are not in a position to make paddy
purchases briskly. This is having an adverse effect on the
paddy prices and the farmers are not able to dispose of their
paddy at MSP," he said.
With Home Minister P Chidambaram, Reddy sought Rs 1744
crores for relief and rehabilitation of flood victims.