Hyderabad, Feb.14 : The “unabated” criticism against late chief minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy by the Health Minister, Mr D L Ravindra Reddy, and the Minister for Handlooms and Textiles, Dr P Shanker Rao, dominated the Cabinet meeting on Monday.
The Chief Minister, Mr Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy, presided over the Cabinet meeting. Soon, the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr Vatti Vasant Kumar, reportedly raised the issue of “tirade against late YSR” by his two Cabinet colleagues and urged the Chief Minister to dissuade the duo not to do so as there were chances of the former Kadapa MP and son of late YSR, Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy, reaping the benefit and sympathy wave. Disapproving the statements of his colleagues against branding late chief minister as corrupt again and again, Mr Vasant Kumar said that criticism against the 108, 104 and Arogyasri was not good. However, Dr Ravindra Reddy reportedly denied that he had made any adverse remarks against late YSR but only suggested measures to improve the working of Arogyasri, 108 and 104 services.
Responding to Mr Vasant Kumar’s suggestion, the Chief Minister reportedly advised Dr Ravindra Reddy and Dr Shankar Rao to refrain from attacking Dr Rajasekhara Reddy. Stating that “Rachchabanda” programme has ended successfully all over the State, the Chief Minister reportedly complimented his Cabinet colleagues for making the programme a great success even in the hostile Telangana region. He also patted the ministers for meeting the people in spite of many hurdles. He asked the In-charge ministers to take responsibility of ensuring full attendance of the legislators in the Assembly and Council during ensuing Budget session.
The Minister for Infrastructure and Investment, Mr Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, took serious objection to the remarks made by the Praja Rajyam party president, Mr K Chiranjeevi, while announcing his party’s merger with the Congress party.
The Transport Minister, Mr Botcha Satyanarayana, had hot discussion with the Chief Minister over the issue of Tuition Fee reimbursement and Scholarships. The Minister reportedly told the Chief Minister to keep the word on the Tuition Fee reimbursement issue. Later, heated arguments took place between the Finance Minister, Mr Anam Ramanarayana Reddy, and Mr Satyanarayana over the fee issue. (NSS)