Ex-Andhra CM Kumar Reddy to drop plans for a new political party

Reddy dropped plans after his "united AP" movement lost momentum when Telangana bill was passed in Lok Sabha

Hydrabad | Published: February 28, 2014 8:55:24 pm
Ex-Andhra CM, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy Former Andhra Pradesh CM, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy


Former Andhra Pradesh CM, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy arrangements are made. Former Andhra Pradesh CM, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy arrangements are made (PTI)

N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who will be listed in history as the last Chief Minister of an”undivided” Andhra Pradesh, is likely to drop his plans to float a new political party.

“Since there has been no official word about the possible launch of the new party, there will not be any official announcement about shelving his plans,” an expelled Congress MP in Kiran’s camp said here today.

After the Telangana bill was passed by Andhra assembly, Reddy and six MPs, expelled from the Congress, were expected to announce the launch of a new political party in Seemandhra. However, majority of MLAs and ministers, who were expected to join hands with Reddy, have started joining the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), while some others have proclaimed their loyalty with the Congress.

Reddy held three rounds of meetings with these MPs and MLAs to chalk out his course of action and also conferred with student leaders from Seemandhra for their views. The fact that the movement for a “united AP” lost its steam Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill, 2014 was passed, “is what made Andhra CM change his mind”, said Reddy’s close sources.

Though Reddy wanted to seek votes in the name of “development”, by showcasing his track record as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister by building a modern (residual) Andhra Pradesh, as he had always maintained that the slew of welfare and development schemes he launched as AP CM were “of the Congress party” and implemented “with Sonia Gandhi’s blessings”, sources said.

Thus, Reddy would have found it difficult to stake his claim to any of the schemes, though some like Bangaru Talli(girl child protection scheme), Jala Prabha (micro irrigation) and Yuva Kiranalu (employment opportunity for youth) were essentially his ideas, sources said.

Nevertheless, he plans to go to people soon by organising public meetings in towns like Rajahmundry and Tirupati.
“That will be one last ditch effort to test the watersvis-à-vis the united Andhra Pradesh sentiment. The new party plan will be finally laid to rest after these meetings,” an MP from Reddy’s camp said.

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