Vayalar denies knowledge of Kiran-Jaipal rift

Published: 13th August 2012 07:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th August 2012 07:58 AM   |  A+A-

AICC emissary and Union minister Vayalar Ravi, who arrived here late on Sunday night, said that he was not aware of the rift between chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and Union petroleum minister Jaipal Reddy.

However, Vayalar did not want to comment on the possibility of a change of guard in the state. When reminded about the speculations on the change of the chief minister, the AICC emissary swiftly replied that he could not respond on this issue as he was not the party state affairs incharge.

Vayalar Ravi made a flash visit to Hyderabad to participate in the 50th wedding anniversary of Rajya Sabha member and senior Congress leader Palvai Govardhan Reddy here.

By the time Vayalar arrived at the function hall, Kiran Kumar Reddy and several other ministers and Congress leaders had left the place.

When scribes asked Ravi whether he would hold confabulations with the chief minister and PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana on the party’s present situation in the state, the Union minister replied that his brief visit to Hyderabad was purely personal as he had come here to participate in the family function of Palvai, who was his friend.

However, Vayalar said he would come to Hyderabad in the next week to discuss party affairs.

The AICC emissary is scheduled to leave for Delhi on Monday morning.

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