Governor E S L Narasimhan had a busy day in Delhi, holding hectic confabulations with Union ministers and AICC top brass, including the party’s AP point man, Ghulam Nabi Azad.
The parleys assume significance, coming in the context of the cold war between chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and Union petroleum minister S Jaipal Reddy over natural gas allocation to the state. Among the ministers the guv met was Jaipal Reddy himself, finance minister P Chidambaram and home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.
However, the governor ruled out that there was a political subtext to his Delhi visit. “My meetings were of a personal nature, or courtesy calls. Nothing political,” Narasimhan said. He said he had come to Delhi only to greet vice-president Hamid Ansari, who was sworn in for a second term on Saturday.
Significantly, AICC emissary and Union minister Vayalar Ravi is scheduled to visit Hyderabad Sunday.