Confidence or bravado, one can’t tell but Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy’s body language has changed these days. The former cricketer is full of energy; be it jumping security barricades to mingle with and riding two wheelers.
Revenue minister Raghuveera Reddy told Postnoon that the body language of the CM has changed. The CM is aggressive and this has enthused the crowds in prajapatham, he said.
Those in the know of party affairs say the new-found energy of the chief minister is to project confidence to the cadre as the Congress faces a do or die situation in the bypolls, the date for which was announced by the Election Commission yesterday.
So far, Kiran Kumar managed to continue in his gaddi by ensuring that by-polls to 18 seats were not held along with the seven seats in March. If that was the case, the Congress would have lost all 25 seats in one go.
It is learnt that Vayalar Ravi, who visited the State as AICC chief Sonia Gandhi’s representatives, asked the chief minister and PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana to see to it with equal responsibility that the Congress wins in all 18 seats.
Leaders close to the chief minister agree that if they cannot do well in the elections it could be very difficult for the government to survive.
With the Andhra Pradesh in-charge for the Congress Ghulam Nabi Azad making it very clear that a decision on Telangana will take more time, the party leaders in the State fear the agitation might go to a new high.
There are speculations that if the Congress receives a drubbing in this bypoll too, it might lead to a mid-term election in the State.
Senior Congress leader from Telangana K Keshava Rao said that this could be the last chance for the Congress to come clear on Telangana and also make some impact in the Seemandhra.