Rosaiah quits citing age, Kiran Reddy named new Andhra CM
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 25, 2010, 09:06
Hyderabad: Kiran Kumar Reddy will be the new Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh after incumbent K Rosaiah resigned Wednesday in a surprise move as the ruling Congress battles dissidence and prepares to tackle the potentially volatile issue of a separate Telangana state.

On a day of fast-paced developments, 77-year-old Rosaiah, the stop-gap Chief Minister who took over in the aftermath of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's death in September last year, resigned citing personal reasons.

Hours later, the Congress Legislature Party met and authorised party chief Sonia Gandhi, who named Kiran Reddy, currently Speaker of the Assembly, to succeed Rosaiah.

50-year-old Reddy hails from Rayalaseema region and was elected from Pileru constituency in Chittoor district.

After a brief meeting of the CLP, which authorised Gandhi to choose the new Chief Minister, top Congress emissaries Pranab Mukherjee, A K Antony, Veerappa Moily and Ghulam Nabi Azad met and discussed the issue with the Congress President.

"Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has selected Kiran Kumar Reddy as the new leader of the Congress Legislature Party. He will be sworn-in tomorrow by the Governor as the new Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh," Mukherjee said in a brief statement.

Out of the 156 Congress MLAs, over 140 MLAs attended today's meeting and they unanimously passed a resolution authorising Sonia Gandhi.

At the meeting, a woman MLA Konda Sureka, a supporter of belligerent Congress MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, got up to raise the leadership issue but was persuaded not to do so.

Andhra to have Deputy CM

Andhra Pradesh will have a Deputy Chief Minister from Telangana region.

Law Minister M Veerappa Moily, who was one of the observers for the Congress Legislature Party meeting here today, said "the Congress President has decided that Andhra Pradesh will have a Deputy Chief Minister from the Telangana region".

The name for the post will be decided later, he said.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, on being authorized by CLP, has chosen Speaker Kiran Kumar Reddy to be the state's new Chief Minister.


First Published: Thursday, November 25, 2010, 09:06

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