The AICC emissary and union minister Vayalar Ravi’s recent visit to the State, considered a fire-fighting exercise, is learnt to have suggested a status quo, as change of guard at this juncture is unwise.
As of the forthcoming by-elections, Ravi is supposed to have suggested Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and PCC secretary Botsa Satyanarayana to go together and wrest as many seats as possible.
In fact, Ravi’s stance is not much different from that of Governor ESL Narasimhan’s report to the Centre.
One of the senior functionaries of the AICC who was with Ravi in Hyderabad during his visit told Postnoon that the report indicated there is no alternative (TINA) to Kiran at this juncture.
The very fact that both the CM and PCC chief were summoned to Delhi again by the AP in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad, points out that the report given by Ravi was not a positive one for Kiran but it gave him an extended life.
Ravi, sources said, has advised the Centre against any decision on Telangana now.
The elections to the 18 seats are crucial and almost all of them are in Seemandhra. A decision on Telangana at this juncture will only harm the Congress electoral prospects.
When it comes to YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy, it would be wise not to disturb him before the elections, it was indicated.
Taking any action on any of the Congress leaders or Cabinet members would also give advantages to the Opposition and singing a unity song would be the only solution for the time being.
The high command is in favour of extending the term of Narasimhan.
There will however be an upheaval if the by-election results prove disastrous. In which case a President’s Rule is possible, it is indicated.