Sunday, February 7, 2010

Jagan supporters accommodated in AP panel

NEW DELHI: Congress on Friday announced a nine-member coordination committee for Andhra Pradesh, conveying that Jaganmohan Reddy is a force to be

reckoned with in state party affairs. The committee aims to harmonise decision-making between the state government and the party organization.

Jagan's benefactor and close aide of YSR, KVP Ramachandra Rao, is also in the coordination panel.

Jagan's accommodation is significant as he just seems to have relaunched a campaign to put himself on Andhra centrestage.

After launching a blistering campaign to be made the chief minister in place of "interim CM" K Rosaiah, Jagan was recently back in the eye of a storm whenparty leaders accused him of plotting an attack on the offices of a corporate giant after a website claimed the chopper crash in which former CM YS Rajasekhara Reddy died was a sabotage in which the corporate had played a part.

The police raids on Reddy's TV unit and the expulsion of a young Congress leader showed the leadership had not taken kindly to the attacks.

The committee also has an eye on addressing the gulf which has come about in the party over the Telangana controversy and brought governance across the state to a standstill.

The committee, headed by AICC incharge Veerappa Moily and comprising chief minister Rosaiah and PCC chief D Srinivas, has Telangana leaders in minister Geetha Reddy, former ministers K Jana Reddy and Shabbir Ali. Anti-bifurcation MP KS Rao, besides KVP and Jaganmohan, are from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.

The issue came up for discussion in the CWC meeting on Friday where home minister P Chidambaram, briefing the party on developments, said the Srikrishna committee would look into the issue and its terms of reference would be announced soon.

While AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh said the party should decide on the issue quickly, it was said the tempers have to cool down before a final view is taken.