“Etu Brutus?” Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy might be asking this to his colleague and PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana, after Botsa reportedly gave a post-poll analysis to the high command where he blamed the CM for unilateral decisions on candidates in the 18 Assembly bypoll for the dismal performance of the party.
If anyone in the ruling party who is the most isolated after the disastrous bypoll performance it is the chief minister who finds himself friendless. His cabinet colleagues say in private that only Kiran is to blame for this.
They feel that the no-nonsense attitude of the CM in dealing with his own party leaders including ministers and lack of public relations skills in reaching out to grass root cadres of the party cost him dear. “Since his elevation to chief minister post, he utterly failed in cultivating friends. The gut feeling of not having experience as cabinet minister before becoming the CM seems to be haunting him still. As a result, he could not become close to any senior ministers. This made him a loner even while heading the government,” one senior cabinet minister from Telangana said.
The CM also could not develop friends in party as well. “Kiran Kumar Reddy during his one and half year stint as CM did not hold any exclusive meetings of party leaders to instill confidence in them and project himself as leader. This has resulted in the recent by poll defeat,” the minister added.
Botsa is learnt to have told the party leaders in Delhi that the CM unilaterally chose candidates in Rayalaseema region without taking into consideration the views of party leaders. This eventually resulted in the party’s defeat in the region including in his own district Chitoor.
The end result is that cabinet ministers and party leaders are now gunning for the CM. But his die-hard supporters still vouch for Kiran and say that he is the best alternative to lead the government. “Can you show us any other leader to run the government? In the present circumstances, he is the best available alternative for the party to run the government,” minister for Tribal Welfare P Balaraju told Postnoon.Ironically, the only hope Kiran has today comes from the weakened TDP which is in no position to topple the ministry.