Hyderabad: Along with the Telangana leaders, the Congress central leadership is also upset with Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy for the current situation in the state. Sources said that the AICC in-charge of party affairs in the state, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, had informed state leaders that the Centre was ready to work on the Constitutionally-backed financial package before the start of the Assembly Budget Session itself. The Chief Minister, however, had asked for some time as he did not want anything to disrupt the smooth functioning of the Budget Session.
The state leaders were given to understand that the Central leadership was occupied with the Assembly polls thereafter and the series of developments relating to corruption that had engulfed the UPA government. Crisis managers at the Centre were also unhappy with the state leadership for failing to contain the number of resignations, if not prevent them totally.
Sources said the party MPs like Mr Balaram Naik and Mr Suresh Shetkar were initially not keen on resigning as they wanted to remain loyal to the party leadership and were also afraid of losing the opportunity of contesting with party tickets in the 2014 elections. Similarly, several legislators also had drifted into the resignation camp as there was no persuasion from the state leadership till the resignations were announced. Sources said that there were multiple factors other than Telangana that forced the leaders, particularly Congressmen, to resign. A few among them were Congressmen who were unhappy with the appointment of Mr Damodar Raja Narasimha as the Deputy Chief Minister, ministers unhappy with their portfolios and MLAs who were peeved for being denied ministerial berths and being ignored by the Chief Minister.
Cashing in on the discontentment within the Congress, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief, Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao, successfully manipulated the panchayat raj minister, Mr K. Jana Reddy, said sources. Deccan Chronicle