Hyderabad: The Congress High Command is looking at the new age Pandavas, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister C Damodar Rajanarasimha, Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar, newly acquired prize possession K Chiranjeevi, and APCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana to counter the onward march of YSR Congress president YS Jaganmohan Reddy in the state.
In view of the Jagan factor dominating the Andhra Pradesh political scene, as also to strengthen the Kiran Kumar Reddy government, the High Command is understood to have named the five ‘veterans’ to prominent posts in Andhra Pradesh.
The selection of the Pradesh Congress Committee president formed part of the Centre’s moves to bolster the Congress and the state government, according to Botsa Satyanarayana, the new incumbent who took the saddle of the party recently, while speaking to a private television channel recently.
Deputy Chief Minister C Damodar Rajanarasimha, K Chiranjeevi, Botsa Satyanarayana, N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar were supposed to have been identified to consolidate the forces within the Congress for preparing a strong government and the party to gear up for the next general elections.
That apart, they are expected to cut short the ‘opposition’ within the party ranks to see that the party fared better than before particularly keeping in view the Jagan factor, especially as the YSR Congress Party chief, after the Speaker’s elections, had been making forays into the coastal belt again to make his presence felt.
The Speaker now has a mission to ensure smooth implementation of decisions taken by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy for weeding out the Legislators being fleeced by Mr Jaganmohan Reddy on the Floor of the House in a phased programme.
The Deputy Chief Minister and the Deputy Speaker Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka (another veteran and an extra other than the five) also have a role to muster the support of SC, ST population.
Mr Chiranjeevi, perhaps following the ‘dictation’ has already held deliberations with the Chier Minister’s arch rival in the party, Peddyreddy Satyanarayana from Chittoor district.
The process seems to have picked up with the mass transfers of IAS officers to suit their needs in respect of implementation of certain issues and the developmental and welfare schemes in the rural areas to check the Jagan factor.
The Local Body elections is also another weapon that Chief Minister would urtilise to suit his governance.(INN)