Andhra CM says no review meeting held by Governor
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 19:05
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah on Wednesday clarified that new Governor E S L Narasimhan did not hold any review meeting on the law and order situation soon after taking charge here two days ago.

"Rather, I have only briefed him about the happenings in the state since he is the head of the State," Rosaiah said in reply to a query.

"Governor is the head of the State. This is his government. Out of respect for the new Governor, I have called on him and incidentally briefed him about the happenings in the state," the Chief Minister said.

He denied the Governor had called any meeting to review law and order situation in the wake of the ongoing agitation over the Telangana issue.

"In fact, I have sought an appointment to meet him after he took charge. I have also sought permission to let some higher officials accompany me to the Governor. It is not correct to say it was a review meeting," Rosaiah said, rebutting Opposition criticism over the "pro-active" role being played by the Governor.

Principal Opposition TDP had criticised the Governor for holding a review meeting on law and order and apprehended that it was indicative of an "undeclared President's rule" in the state.

The Chief Minister pointed out that Narasimhan was an Indian Police Service officer of AP cadre and had worked in high positions in the Intelligence Bureau. "Naturally, he will also be eager to know things about the state. Beyond that we need not read anything into it."

Narasimhan had many friends in the state as well as colleagues who worked alongside him in the police department. There was nothing wrong in such people meeting him, he said.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also justified the postponement of scheduled meeting of the state Cabinet in view of the bandh today.

"It requires minute-to-minute monitoring and quick response to solve any problem arising out of the situation. I can't keep officials engaged in a Cabinet meeting for three hours. So we have decided to put off the meeting," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 19:05

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