Cong govt strong enough to face no-confidence motion: Andhra CM



Chittoor (AP): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday exuded confidence that his government was strong enough to face a no-confidence motion in the state Assembly if it is moved by the Opposition.

"We are strong enough to face any no-confidence motion. That is not an issue at all," Kiran Kumar Reddy observed while reacting to Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu's statement that the TDP would move a no-confidence motion against the government over the farmers' issue.

Chandrababu announced this as a counter to YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy's challenge to the TDP to dislodge the Congress government in the state.

"Some people, who don't even know how a no-confidence motion is moved, are also talking about it," the chief minister said in an indirect reference to Jagan.

Jagan has been speaking about the no-confidence card ever since his victory in the Kadapa Lok Sabha by-election early this month.

The chief minister said he could only pity Chandrababu for talking about the no-confidence motion.

The Congress would not only continue in power for the next three years but also retain it in the 2014 elections despite the conspiracies being hatched by some elements, he said.

Replying to a question, Kiran Kumar Reddy said the Congress would crack the whip at an appropriate time against legislators and leaders acting against the party.

The chief minister, who was on a two-day trip to his native Chittoor district, said the state cabinet would soon be expanded.

"There will be some changes in the government as well as the party soon," he said in the backdrop of reports that a deputy chief minister would soon be appointed.

PTI