Kiran’s meeting with Guv fuels speculation

Kiran’s meeting with Guv fuels speculation
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Kiran’s Meeting with Guv Fuels Speculation, Division of the State, Congress Leadership. Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy called on Governor ESL Narsimhan on Thursday evening along with minister for Social Welfare Pithani Satyanarayana.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy called on Governor ESL Narsimhan on Thursday evening along with minister for Social Welfare Pithani Satyanarayana.
The 40-minute meeting with the Governor assumes importance as Kiran is scheduled to go to New Delhi on Friday morning after a gap of about 45 days to attend the Congress coordination committee meeting. Kiran is also contemplating to meet Prime Minsiter Manmohan Singh, AICC president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
The sudden decision of Kiran to call on the Governor fuelled speculations of fast paced political developments that could be in the offing following the Delhi visit of the Chief Minister.
Incidentally, this would be the first meeting of the Chief Minister with the AICC in charge of state affairs Digvijay Singh ever since he had adopted a strident posture against the high command over the issue of bifurcation of the state.
There are intense speculations that the high command would ask him to commit that he would cooperate in the process of bifurcation particularly when the draft Bill would be sent to the State Assembly sometime during the first week of December.
Sources say that the high command wanted to seek certain clarifications from the Chief Minister since he had dropped enough hints that he along with his cabinet colleagues who were opposed to the bifurcation of the state would drive straight to Raj Bhavan from the State Assembly soon after the bill was discussed and would submit his resignation. The party high command, sources say would ask him to either cooperate or quit.
The ministers who are close to the Chief Minister claim that Kiran would once again reiterate his stand opposing the division of the state. But the T leaders feel that Kiran would not try to do anything that would invite a strong reaction from the high command.
The speculation of possible change of guard in the state gained momentum as the Centre asked the Union Minister of State K Suryaprakash Reddy to reach Delhi by Friday morning. However, Union Minister K Chiranjeevi did not believe that the high command would change the Chief Minister at this stage.
However, Minister S Sailajanath and former minister JC Diwakar Reddy made an interesting remark, saying that Kiran Reddy was a Congress loyalist to the core.
They said that Congress leadership would not commit another mistake by replacing Kiran. Though Kiran had been talking tough and was an integrationist at heart, he would not go against the directions of the party leadership, he added.
T Congress leader P Sudhakar Reddy said that Kiran Reddy’s loyalty to the party could not be questioned. He had been acting as per the directions of the high command, he quipped. On the other hand, CPI state secretary K Narayana, expressed doubts on continuation of the Chief Minister. He said he was not sure whether Kiran would come back to Hyderabad from his Delhi trip in the capacity of Chief Minister or not.
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