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CM to meet Congress top brass today New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on...

CM to meet Congress top brass today

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday arrived in the Capital to consult the Congress High Command on the issue of tainted ministers in the State. He is expected to press for Cabinet reshuffle during his talks with the party top brass.A The issue of tainted ministers in the State has gained momentum in the wake of the recent Karnataka Assembly polls, where the BJP was perceived to have been punished for its compromising stand on corruption. Since Andhra Pradesh is an election-going State, the party should avoid a similar fate by taking a clear stand on the issue is the refrain.

With the UPA anniversary on May 22 fast approaching, Kiran Kumar Reddy is expected to brief Congress President Sonia Gandhi on the welfare schemes launched and being implemented in the State. These schemes could be highlighted and an effort made to reach out to the targeted sections. Instead of enthusiastically taking the schemes to the people and publicizing the same, some ministers have made an issue of it.

The Chief Minister is expected to give his version on welfare schemes, which alone can help the party to win over the electorate. Some of the ministers have been carrying out a campaign against them, which will be brought to the notice of the Congress High Command.

In fact, Kiran Kumar Reddy has been unhappy over the spurt in the dissident activity in the Congress. Some ministers had been holding confabulations with APCC President Botcha Satyanarayana. A particular caste lobby has also been active in the State, which could hurt the Congress unity. He wants the High Command to rein in the dissident activity, which is bound to hurt the Congress in the run up to polls.

Venkat Parsa

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