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Kiran’s assertion fuels rumours of new party

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Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy’s repeated assertion against bifurcation of the State has fuelled a strong speculation that he would soon quit the party and jump into the agitation by forming a new political party which could give a tough fight to the TDP and the YSR Congress Party.

Hyderabad: Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy’s repeated assertion against bifurcation of the State has fuelled a strong speculation that he would soon quit the party and jump into the agitation by forming a new political party which could give a tough fight to the TDP and the YSR Congress Party.

Kiran’s close associates like G Veerasiva Reddy and Congress MP from Guntur Rayapati Sambasiva Rao feel that Kiran will not agree to introduce the resolution on Telangana. He would oppose it and would resign from the party and take the lead in the agitation by heading a new party, these two leaders feel.

However, others like J C Diwakar Reddy do not foresee such a situation. Diwakar Reddy feels that not many leaders would leave the Congress party. Asked if he would resign in support of United Andhra Pradesh, Diwakar Reddy said that he would continue to be with the Congress party knowing well that under the present circumstances, he would not be able to save even his deposit if he contests on Congress ticket. He reiterated the demand for merger of Anantapuramu and Kurnool with Telangana if bifurcation is inevitable. “It is better to have one eye rather than lose two,” he said. He, however, said that he would participate in the proposed deeksha by ministers, MLAs and MLCs on September 3 on the Assembly premises.
But the Minister for Secondary Education, K Parthasarathy, has a different view. He feels that the Chief Minister has reflected the view of the people of that region. At the same time, he said if the high command turns down their plea and divides the State, then Vijayawada should be chosen as the place for constructing new capital.
The minister said that he would also participate in the protest on September 3. Another minister S Sailjanath at a press conference said that he fully supports the statement made by the Chief Minister. He said that beginning from September 3, they would intensify the agitations to keep the State united. Referring to the proposed bus yatra by TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu and Sharmila of YSRCP, the minister said that they should first withdraw the letter they had given to the Centre.
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