The Congress has started the process of putting its house in order in Andhra Pradesh. In the backdrop of mounting differences between Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and state Congress president Botsa Satyanarayana on the one hand and the continuing allegiance of some MLAs to Jaganmohan Reddy,the first meeting of the newly formed Congress coordination committee headed by party general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad was held on Thursday evening.
At a separate meeting,Azad also discussed the Telangana issue with party leaders from the region.
The eight-member coordination committee was set up at the behest of Congress president Sonia Gandhi last month,soon after the state government survived a no-confidence motion in the Assembly but was left red-faced when 16 MLAs owing allegiance to Jaganmohan voted against the government.
The other members of the committee are Chief Minister Reddy,Deputy CM Damodara Rajanarasimha,PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana,Chiranjeevi,Kavuri Sambasiva Rao,former PCC president D Srinivas and former state minister Mohammed Shabbir Ali.
Tension between the party and the government in the state on a range of issues has been simmering for a while now,and is believed to have reached a crescendo after the Cabinet reshuffle that the Chief Minister has been pushing for was reportedly put on hold by the Congress high command.
While Satyanarayana has been openly espousing the cause of Chiranjeevi,Kiran Reddy has held that inducting MLAs of the erstwhile Praja
Rajyam Party in his Cabinet would dash the hopes of many senior Congress leaders.