Tortuous wait for Kiran supporters
Tortuous wait for Kiran supporters, AP Reorganisation Bill, Telangana Bill. They feel that by opposing the Centre on the issue of bifurcation, Kiran has earned a fairly good image among the people of Seemandhra, and it could help them politically.
- Those who see bleak future in Cong looking up to him
- Mount pressure on him to launch new party
- Pithani, TG, Lagadapati, Rayapati ready to back
- Veerasiva even claims party symbol will be bat
- Sceptics feel that it will all end with a whimper
Hyderabad: Notwithstanding the statements being made by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy that he will try to keep the State united at any cost, ministers who are close to his camp feel that the game is over and the high command will complete the process of bifurcation once the Draft AP Reorganisation Bill 2013 is sent back to the Centre. In view of this, they say that many Seemandhra leaders are mounting pressure on Kiran to announce the launch of a political party by the end of January.
Kiran’s camp says that soon after the proposed brainstorming session, which would be held for two days during the last week of January, Kiran might take up a whirlwind tour of Seemandhra before announcing the launch of his new party. Ministers like Pithani Satyanarayana and T G Venkatesh and MPs Rayapati Sambasiva Rao and Lagadapati Rajagopal feel that they have no political future in the party and the proposed new party by Kiran would provide them a new platform.
They feel that by opposing the Centre on the issue of bifurcation, Kiran has earned a fairly good image among the people of Seemandhra, and it could help them politically. Though some ministers admit that it is not very easy to take on the YSRCP, others feel that it is worth taking the risk as Rayapati and Lagadapati still enjoy considerable base in districts like Guntur and Krishna where the Kamma community is strong. Meanwhile, Kamalpuram MLA G Veerasiva Reddy, speaking to reporters in Tirupati on Saturday, endorsed the view that Kiran would float a new party and that his election symbol would be cricket bat. It may be mentioned here that recently three political parties were registered for Samaikyandhra and the possibility of Kiran taking over one of those parties is being not ruled out.