Cong goes slow on succession issue in Andhra Pradesh

Cong goes slow on succession issue in Andhra Pradesh

New Delhi: Despite the supporters of Jaganmohan stepping up pressure on Congress high command to make him the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, the party on Sunday indicated that it was not in a hurry to decide a successor to late Y. S. Rajashekhara Reddy.

“We believe in timing. (We) will time it in an appropriate way because another four-and-a-half years we have to look forward to provide a stable government as far as Andhra Pradesh is concerned," law minister M. Veerappa Moily, who is also party in-charge of Andhra Pradesh told reporters here.

Asked about the time it will take to decide on the succession issue, Moily said, “I cannot give a timeline, but Congress president Sonia Gandhi will take a decision shortly."

He said any decision taken by Gandhi will be “appropriate" to provide stability to the government in Andhra Pradesh for another four-and-a-half years.

Moily’s remarks came a day after Reddy’s aide K. V. P. Ramachandra Rao held discussion with the party leadership in the national capital over the clamour among YSR’s followers, including MLAs, to make Jaganmohan Reddy the chief minister.

The Congress High Command is under pressure to decide on calling a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party soon.

Party sources said that the leadership has also to decide on the CLP meeting because as such there is no CLP leader after YSR’s death.

To make a decision to have a CLP leader would also include whether to continue with the interim chief minister K. Rosaiah or to have a new chief minister.