Even PCC chief is expected to be replaced
New Delhi : The Congress leadership has decided to show the door to both Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and Andhra Pradesh PCC chief Bota Satyanarayana as they refused to fall in line to go by the party decision to the formation of a separate Telangana state.
Bota had completed his two-year term in June and hence was due for replacement while the decision to Reddy was taken last weekend after he spurned the Prime Minister’s personal request to push a resolution for creation of Telangana in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, the Congress sources said.
State Agriculture Minister Kanna Lakshmi Narayana, a Kapu leader hailing from Guntur in the Seemandhara region, is tipped to become the new Chief Minister, while Mohd Ali Khan, a Rajya Sabha MP, is tipped to replace PCC President Bota.
Assumptions on these changes was sparked up when Sonia Gandhi held meetings separately with both of them here on Monday. These were the first audiences given by Sonia Gandhi to the party leaders from Andhra Pradesh. Lakshmi Narayana, who flew to Delhi on a call from 10 Janpath, spent 30 minutes with her on Monday and also had a meeting with Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday. He was, however, asked to keep away from the media and hence he did not even check up in the Andhra Bhawan, the state government guest house.
Sources said the party leadership also contemplates to form a separate PCC of Telangana even before the new state becomes a reality and tipped to head its state civil supplies minister D Sridhar Babu.
The political analysts say the choice of Lakshmi Narayana appears to stem from the fact that he belongs to the Kapus, a majority community in the state, and his elevation will also balance exit of Botsa, another Kapu leader, from the PCC leadership.