Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy could be in trouble,with the Congress high command taking a grim view of his scathing attack on Sonia Gandhi-led Congress Working Committee over its decision to bifurcate the state and his criticism of AICC general secretary in-charge of the state Digvijaya Singh.
The party leadership is likely to take a call on his continuance as the CM after PM Manmohan Singhs arrival from the US next week.
Top Congress leaders have been particularly unhappy with Reddys continued defiance on the Telangana issue even after he was clearly told that there would be no rethink on creation of a separate state. The only factor that has weighed in his favour so far was the partys reluctance to go for a change of guard at a politically delicate time as also the task of finding his replacement.
Reddy has been under the scanner for long and Sonia is learnt to have received several complaints against him. The leadership is not too impressed with the chief ministers performance and his style of functioning that has caused fissures in the state unit as well as the government.
Reddy appeared to have bitten more than he could chew on Friday when he attacked the CWC for its Telangana decision and questioned the wisdom of Congress leaders,saying,Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi,after careful consideration,felt that the state should remain united for maximum benefits.
The CWC has taken this political decision but as Chief Minister of this state,I have a responsibility to this state and its people not to allow this mistake to be carried forward, he said on Friday.
He also attacked Digvijaya,saying he was not a permanent general secretary of the Congress. When Digvijaya Singh tried to remind me that I am CM of united Andhra and I should behave like one,I wanted to remind him that yes,I am CM of united Andhra,and I would like to remain one,so let the state remain united. I am more inspired to join the united Andhra agitation to keep the state united every time Digvijaya says something about me, he said.