Botcha in Delhi to bat for Dharmana

The Congress central leadership is likely to take a decision soon on the resignation of roads and buildings minister Dharmana Prasada Rao.

Published: 21st August 2012 08:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st August 2012 01:57 PM   |  A+A-


The Congress central leadership is likely to take a decision soon on the resignation of roads and buildings minister Dharmana Prasada Rao.

 PCC chief Botcha Satayanarayana left for the national capital on Monday evening to discuss Dharmana’s issue with the party high command.

 Soon after landing in Delhi, he held discussions with the party functionaries.

 He will continue his confabulations on Tuesday also.

 Botcha had already sent a detailed report to AICC state affairs in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad on his point of view on the charges levelled against Dharmana Prasada Rao in the chargesheet filed by the CBI in illegal assets case against YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

 Prior to flying to Delhi, the PCC chief called on chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy at the latter’s camp office and discussed the pros and cons of accepting of the resignation of Dharmana.

 Talking with some party leaders at Gandhi Bhavan, Botcha is understood to have remarked that there was no need to accept the resignation of Dharmana purely basing on CBI’s charges as people were indifferent to corruption at any level in the government.

 Citing YSR Congress’ impressive victory in the recent bypolls, he told his close aides that the party high command should take a decision on Dharmana considering his utility for the party and not the charges against him.

 Botcha will also discuss with the top brass other issues like reconstitution of the PCC committee.

 Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is also likely to visit Delhi shortly to discuss not only Dharmana’s issue with the high command but also to put an end to the rumours that there will be a change of guard in the state.

 He may also discuss reconstitution of his cabinet by dropping the “tainted” and “black sheep”.

 The high command wants a new and clean image for the cabinet.

 Kiran is said to be under immense pressure not to accept Dharmana’s resignation.

 Several ministers who are facing corruption charges want the chief minister to retain Dharmana in the cabinet.

 They are afraid that if Dharmana is shown the door, their position too will become shaky.

 But the Congress high command seems to be in no mood to reject Dharmana’s resignation and rescue him from the CBI case as it is determined to give a clean image to the party by sacking tainted ministers in the wake of CAG’s strictures on coalgate scam.

 Deputy chief minister Damodara Rajanarasimha said on Monday that the issue of acceptance of Dharmana’s resignation was pending with the high command and it would take a final decision soon

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