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Defiant Kiran Reddy skips Delhi visit again


Hyderabad, Jan 24 :

In another act of open defiance, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy Friday cancelled his visit to Delhi, citing debate on Telangana bill in the state assembly.

Kiran Reddy was summoned by the party leadership for talks to decide candidates for Rajya Sabha elections but he cancelled the visit to the national capital. He had skipped All India Congress Committee (AICC) meeting Jan 17, citing the same reason.

Kiran Kumar Reddy, CM, Andhra Pradesh
Kiran Kumar Reddy, CM, Andhra Pradesh

State Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana, however, Friday left for Delhi to meet central leaders to discuss candidates for the ensuing Rajya Sabha polls.

According to sources in the chief minister’s office, he informed Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh over phone that he will not be able to visit Delhi as the debate is going on Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2013 in the state assembly.

The chief minister on several occasions during last three months has questioned the decision to bifurcate the state. Speculations are rife that he is contemplating to float a new political party in Seemandhra.

Kiran Reddy told the assembly Wednesday that he never expected that he would have to choose between the party and the united Andhra Pradesh.

The chief minister’s speech remained inconclusive. With the President extending the time for debate on the bill till Jan 30, he is likely to complete his speech next week. He has dropped hints that he would make some dramatic announcement at the end of his speech.

Digvijaya Singh, who is incharge of party affairs in the state, told reporters in the national capital that Kiran Reddy spoke to him. The central leader suggested him that the state assembly send its opinion on the bill as early as possible so that the commitment given to people could be fulfilled.