Hyderabad: The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, on Saturday called on the Congress president, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, and invited her to lay the foundation stone for the Hyderabad Metro Rail, which is being built at an estimated cost of Rs 18,000 crore.
Addressing the media before winding up his two-day trip to Delhi, Mr Reddy said, “I invited her for the ceremony and she has agreed,” he said. The date for the ceremony is yet to be decided.
The CM will have to go to Delhi again to discuss political issues, including clearance for appointments to several vacant political posts in the state. He informed Mrs Gandhi about filling up vacant political posts including the appointment of a new PCC chief, Assembly Speaker, chairman and deputy chairman for the Legislative Council, nominations of four MLCs under Governor quota etc.
He was reportedly asked by Mrs Gandhi to come again to discuss the political situation in the state after the outcome of Kadapa bypoll, results and its possible impact on the state Congress affairs are known.
On Friday, Mr Reddy met the party affairs in-charge of AP, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, and presented a detailed account of the political situation including his assessment of the Kadapa bypolls. Mr Azad reportedly got the tentative list of political appointments from the CM and promised to look into it before giving a “go ahead” signal.
Sources said that as the AICC is waiting for the results of the Assembly polls in five states and the possible moves thereafter for formation of governments, it may take some more time for the AICC to take a final call on filling up the political posts. DC