Hyderabad: The impact of counting of votes of Kadapa by-elections was so severe that only two ministers attended their offices in the Secretariat on Friday. Even the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, skipped the schedule and confined himself to the Camp Office getting minute-to-minutes updates of counting of votes.
As per the schedule, the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy should land in the Secretariat at 11 am on Friday, but he has not done so. He was away from the Secretariat. He reportedly spent time in the Camp Office to watch counting of votes on various channels and getting ‘information feed’ from the sources.
The Minister for Major Irrigation, Mr P Sudarshan Reddy and the Minister for Social Welfare, Mr Pitani satyanarayana, only turned up in their offices in the Secretariat. As the ministers were not available, the number of visitors was also thin. The employees in the Secretariat also were seen discussing the counting of votes at the canteen during lunch time.
Though the counting of votes was nerve-raking and the victory of YSR Congress become crystal clear a few hours after the counting began, the huge majority presented to Mr Jagan and Mrs Vijayamma by Kadapa voters has become a central point to the discussion where four gathered as a group. (NSS)