From being the hand-picked choice of Sonia Gandhi as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister to sitting on a dharna in Delhi against division of the state, Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy has turned from a Congress regional leader to a disgruntled rebel in his nearly 39-month tumultuous tenure.
He became the first Congress Chief Minister in the history of the grand old party to stage a sit-in in the heart of the national capital against the high command decision to carve out Telangana, embarrassing it in no small measure.
53-year-old Reddy might have earned the wrath of the Congress leadership for his strident stand against division of AP, but he has now positioned himself as a champion of ‘Samaikyandhra cause’ seeking to upstage the likes of charismatic and resourceful Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who is also fighting for the same political space.
He was anointed as Chief Minister on November 25, 2010 after septuagenarian K Rosaiah, who held the fort for Congress for over an year following the death of towering Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in a chopper crash in September, 2009, resigned.
The selection of Reddy for the post of Chief Minister was surprising even to Congress insiders in 2010 as he had never been a minister and not known to be a mass leader.
Political analysts had predicted that the cricketer-turned- politician would not remain in office for more than a few months given the fluid political situation in Andhra Pradesh on account of the raging separate Telangana agitation and the Jagan factor.
Reddy’s government had faced a serious threat to its stability with Jaganmohan Reddy, the aggressive and charismatic son of late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, once declaring famously in Delhi that the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh was at his mercy.
The government, however, survived the no-trust motion on the floor of the House due to the merger of actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam with Congress and Jagan being jailed in an alleged corruption case.
In the posters, the picture of Kejriwal has the word "imandar" printed below it while that of Bedi has "avsarvadi".