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Kiran Reddy meets senior Cong leaders after 45-day gap

The CM was invited Friday to participate in the coordination committee meeting to discuss the Telangana issue.

Amidst speculation that Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is on his way out after he was told by the Congress high command to fall in line with the party’s decision on Telangana,the CM Friday met senior party leaders in New Delhi after a gap 45 days. Reddy had stopped communicating and visiting New Delhi after he was cold-shouldered the last time he was there to make a plea in favour of keeping the state united.

The CM was invited Friday to participate in the coordination committee meeting to discuss the Telangana issue. Reddy was reported to have been told that his defiance against the party’s decision to divide the state did not go down well with the high command.

However,he is learnt to have stuck to his guns and hinted that he would rather resign before the state is officially divided. He also insisted that the Centre send the Telangana Bill to the Andhra Assembly for clearance,where it will be defeated if put to vote. APCC sources said that the decks for officially making Telangana a reality may be cleared by December 9,which also happens to be Sonia Gandhi’s birthday.

AICC General Secretary and AP in-charge Digvijaya Singh,however,said the Andhra CM has a right to express his opinions. He also said that there was no plan to replace Reddy as CM.

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Sources said that Reddy was being “softened” up before the GoM meets representatives of eight political parties next week to seek their views on the Telangana issue.