Andhra tangle may take a bit longer to resolve
NEW DELHI: The Andhra tangle may take longer to resolve even as the Congress
high command seems keen to ensure that its views prevail in bringing
about a "peaceful" resolution to the leadership issue in the wake of Y S
Rajashekhar Reddy's death in a chopper crash.
After a meeting on Sunday evening between YSR camp leader K V P Ramachandra Rao
and Congress's chief trouble-shooter Pranab Mukherjee, it was felt that
negotiations would proceed after party chief Sonia Gandhi returned from a tour
of Mumbai and possibly another visit out of Delhi.
While no formula has emerged -- both top central leaders and the YSR camp denied
any proposal had been tabled -- sources said the process would see more
discussions. It is understood that KVP, as Rao is better known, made the case
for YSR's son Jagan Reddy as CM. The Jagan camp claimed the high command did not
seem "averse" to the proposal.
Yet, the time being taken to arrive at a decision indicates the high command's
hesitation over Jagan's candidacy as well as the need to make him party to any
resolution. In the immediate context, it does raise the possibility of K Rosaiah
continuing as CM. The Congress leadership seems keen to ensure that a smooth
succession takes place and this could mean a place for Jagan in the central
The Jagan camp has also made it amply clear that it is not contemplating any
split or rebellion. "We are all loyal Congressmen. We are not going against the
high command," said a leader. This could mean that Jagan's embassy to Delhi will
do its best to press his case. But in case this does not work out, there will be
a fallback plan to negotiate.
Sources also ruled out any proposal that could see KVP as CM. It is understood
the MP has ruled out such a proposal. The high command is keen to ensure that
its Andhra unit remains stable. Involving Jagan in state politics at the
government level may not allow this to happen.
A one-day session of the Assembly is expected to be held this week to pay
condolences to YSR. It is felt that there will be no legislative issues involved
if Rosaiah is not formally elected CLP leader before the session. As CM, he
would move the resolution of condolence.