Hyderabad: Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday proved the saying that there are no permanent friends or foes in politics is true by calling on former Government Advisor and Rajya Sabha Member KVP Ramachandra Rao at his residence in Banjara Hills, to seek his help in luring back the Congress MLAs who are looking at YSR Congress Party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy with fond hopes.
Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy’s visit to Mr Ramachandra Rao’s residence, described by the Chief Minister’s Office as a ‘courtesy call’, lasted for nearly one and half hour.
The CMO said that the Chief Minister had visited Mr Ramachandra Rao since he has been ailing for some time. However, the duration of the meeting set a lot of tongues in motion, with even the most inexperienced scribe seeing that there was something more at stake than a ‘courtesy call.’
The meeting comes at a time when political activity is picking up in preparation for the Monsoon Session of Assembly, set to begin in August. The main Opposition Telugu Desam Party has already indicated that it plans to introduce a No Confidence Motion against the Chief Minister on farmers’ issue in the Monsoon Session.
According to highly placed sources, today’s meeting between Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy and Mr Ramachandra Rao saw the two leaders discuss the strategy to be adopted by the ruling party in the Assembly if the TDP introduces the No Trust Vote.
The informed sources further say that the Chief Minister sought suggestions from Mr Ramachandra Rao, regarded as a wily politician by all the parties, on the steps to be taken to bring back those MLAs who are allegedly supporting YSR Congress Party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy, back in the Congress fold.
The significance of today’s meeting is that the Chief Minister is believed to be very firm in his desire that the dissident MLAs should be prevented from taking part in the YSR Congress Party’s maiden plenary session scheduled to be held on July 8 and 9. Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy is said to have confided in some senior party leaders that the dissident MLAs should not only not take part in the plenary session, they should also not even be visible anywhere near Mr Jaganmohan Reddy in the days preceding the session.
Meanwhile, analysts opine that the Chief Minister, worried about the possible growth in the popularity of the Congress party’s newest acquisition, Praja Rajyam Party president K Chiranjeevi, has sought the help of Mr Ramachandra Rao.
It may be mentioned here that Mr Ramachandra Rao had played a major role in the government during the tenure of former chief ministers YS Rajasekhara Reddy and K Rosaiah.
However, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy, well aware of the power held by Mr Ramachandra Rao at that time, had marginalised him after his assuming the Chief Minister’s chair. He had in fact asked Mr Ramachandra Rao to resign as the Government Advisor as soon as he assumed charge.
Meanwhile sources say that the meeting also focused on strengthening the party in the mandal-level and filling up of nominated posts with loyal workers.
However, the Chief Minister’s Office sources attributed the meeting as a courtesy call.(INN)