As the shouting match between the camps of chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Union petroleum minister S.Jaipal Reddy is turning uglier with each passing day, PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana has called upon leaders of both the camps not to hold press conferences at the Congress Legislature Party office on the Assembly premises if they intended to abuse one another.
Talking to reporters at Gandhi Bhavan here on Tuesday, the PCC chief asked leaders of both groups not to use the CLP office to hurl abuses at one another. At the same time, Satyanarayana claimed that there was no disagreement between Kiran Kumar Reddy and Jaipal Reddy on any issue and both were putting in all efforts to bring more natural gas to the state to ease the power crisis, he claimed.
Meanwhile, the fate of the ministerial committee, set up to formulate strategies to strengthen the ruling party which received a drubbing in the recent bypolls, is hanging in balance. With the committee’s chairman and roads and buildings minister Dharmana Prasada Rao being charged in the Vanpic case, the committee may be disbanded. The PCC chief is understood to have dropped enough hints in this regard. While talking to some party leaders he said that the committee might be dissolved as it had not made any noteworthy recommendations for improvement of the image of the state government.
Though the committee made several recommendations in its primary report to the party’s state leadership, Botcha has spiked the entire report, saying that there was nothing new in the report.
Soon after setting up the committee, its chairman Dharmana himself said that the committee would continue its exercise of finding issues that were plaguing the party and formulating plans to strengthen the party till the 2014 general election.