Hyderabad: Mr. Botsa has said that he did not feel that Mr. Chiranjeevi whose PRP was merged in Congress was a contender to him. He said he would work with the former film star.
Stating that every one should have a target to work for, he said he would fix his own targets and work to achieve them. On the Chiranjeevi factor, he said people would grow as per their capacities. He said if Chiranjeevi grows in the party, he would be glad to work with him. He said he felt that Mr. Chiranjeevi would certainly add strength to the party and not weakness.
On the Jagan group of MLAs, Mr. Botsa said they could continue as Congress men if they accept their folly. When asked about disqualifying the MLAs supporting Mr. Jagan, he said it was upto the Speaker to decide. He has however said that disqualifying them might take some more time. To another question, he said the Congress party would help the families of those who died on knowing about the sudden death of Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy in the helicopter crash.
He said the Telangana problem was between brothers and should be viewed as such. He has reiterated that he would abide by the party High Command’s decision on this sensitive issue. When asked about union minister Mr. Jaipal Reddy’s recent statement on Telangana, he said Mr. Reddy should not be misunderstood.
He said he as a central minister felt that it was an internal policy matter and clarified that he would not like to comment on it. There was no need to stretch his statement and find new meanings from that simple statement, Botsa added. He has however asserted that the centre should not delay its decision on Telangana. He has dismissed reports that the centre chose to appoint a Deputy Chief Minister only to delay the Telangana issue.
When asked if the Congress leadership has violated the usual practice of giving the Deputy Chief Minister post to Telangana when a leader of Andhra was the Chief Minister, he said though it was a violation of a tradition, there was no such rule.