`I shall discharge my duties till new CLP leader is elected`
Last Updated: Tuesday, September 08, 2009, 21:18
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah has asserted that he would discharge his duties effectively till the Congress high command took a decision on appointing a successor to late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

In an imprompto chat with newsmen in the Secretariat here today, Rosaiah maintained that election of a new leader of the Congress Legislature Party would be based on the party high commands directive.

"I shall discharge my duties effectively till the new CLP leader is formally elected," Rosaiah said.

A special session of the state Legislature would be convened soon to pay homage to Rajasekhara Reddy, who was killed in a helicopter crash on September 2, he said.

Praja Rajyam Party chief K Chiranjeevi wrote to Governor N D Tiwari seeking a special session of the state Legislature for paying homage to the late Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, former Home Minister K Jana Reddy whose name was doing rounds in Congress circles for the Chief Ministers post wrote a letter to party president Sonia Gandhi today requesting her to appoint Rajasekhara Reddy's son and MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy as the Chief Minister.

Jagan should be made the Chief Minister to strengthen Congress party in the state, Jana Reddy pointed out after meeting him here today.

Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president D Srinivas, who has been facing stiff protests within the party for allegedly trying to block Jagans appointment as the Chief Minister, met the Kadapa MP separately to console him.

Telugu film thespian Akkineni Nageswara Rao, his son and actor Nagarjuna, actors Sumanth, R Narayana Murthy, Nutan Prasad, music director Vandemataram Srinivas and others also met Jagan and consoled the bereaved family.

Nagarjuna, a top-ranked Telugu film actor, has favoured the appointment of Jagan as the state Chief Minister as a true successor of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 08, 2009, 21:18

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