Kiran Reddy after bypolls
Work in the CMO and many departments has come to a grinding halt since the June bypolls,where the Congress fared so miserably that it has led to gossip that Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy could be replaced after the President election. Files are piling up and ministers and bureaucrats are putting off major decisions. The names of Union minister S Jaipal Reddy and other leaders are being discussed for the CMs post. There are reports that the AICC is questioning the leadership abilities of CM Reddy,who seems to have no friends in the Cabinet or the state Congress,and that he and APCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana are working at cross purposes.
Second woman chief secretary
Minnie Mathew,a 1976-batch IAS officer,became the second woman chief secretary of Andhra Pradesh last week. She had been Chief Commissioner of Land Administration the seniormost post next to the CS and was elevated to the top post after the government decided not to extend Pankaj Dwivedis tenure. Mathew retires in February 2013. In 2002,AP got its first woman CS when then CM N Chandrababu Naidu appointed Sathi Nair.
Naidus party beckons son
Telugu Desam Party chief
N Chandrababu Naidus son Lokesh may be formally inducted into the party soon. Sources in TDP say the party failed to win a single seat in the June byelections and say it is time to rejuvenate it by bringing in a fresh face like Lokesh. Naidu has received several representations from TDP leaders asking him to appoint Lokesh as the youth wing president. The 32-year-old takes care of family business at present. But Naidus worry would be that projecting his son might upset the family of former chief minister late N T Rama Rao,whose support he needs. The NTR clan includes actors N Balakrishna and Junior NTR,who is quite popular among the youth.
Cong upsets Telangana again
The Congress governments decision to release water to the fertile Krishna delta from the minimum storage level of Nagarjunasagar Project has led to an outcry in Telangana,where the dam is situated and where water is already short. The Telangana Rastra Samiti said it was not against diversion to needy areas but this should not cause a scarcity in other areas.