With the Central leadership preoccupied with coalgate, CM has been asked to wait a while.
Ministers under the CBI scanner and PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana have received a short reprieve till the Monsoon Session of the Parliament is over, it is learnt. Currently, the UPA itself is deeply entangled with the CAG report of the mega coal scam. As the Opposition parties are gunning for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s head, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has been asked to wait for a while before a series of steps to revamp the State Congress party are taken.
Political sources point out that the Centre’s first priority, once it pulls through the coalgate, is to depute a team of senior leaders headed by defence minister AK Antony to work out the AP political labyrinth. “The State party has to take very serious decisions which can’t be rushed through,” said a senior APCC leader.
Six ministers who received court notices for their complicity in the 26 controversial Government Orders issued during the YSR regime are waiting with bated breath for the Central action. Meanwhile, lending credibility to rumours of a massive Cabinet reshuffle, the chief minister met the governor the other day. Interestingly, his covert rival and PCC Chief, Botsa too met the governor. However, the government is unlikely to take a step till the Central team comes.
The one silver lining has been that no defections to YSRC have taken place as hoped for by the YSRC’s creditable victory in the latest bypolls. “The flow will just begin,” declared a YSRC leader soon after the victory.
Botsa, it’s said, has to give up one of the two positions held viz the PCC leadership or the ministership. It is pointed out that a person can’t do justice to two big responsibilities.
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