Even as senior Congress MPs like Kavuri Sambasiva Rao and Rayapati Sambasiva Rao are in a sulk for being ignored in the Union Cabinet reshuffle, newly-inducted Union minister K Chiranjeevi fully defended his party high command’s decision of inclusion of first-timers in the Cabinet.
“Party high command has taken a right decision of infusing new blood into the Cabinet so as to give a new look to the government. I also feel that seniors should give way to youngsters and they should take party responsibilities to strengthen the party,” said Chiranjeevi soon after taking oath as the Union minister.
Asked to comment on the unhappiness expressed by senior MPs like Kavuri and Rayapati over the Cabinet revamp, the Union minister said he was not aware of it.
“I have neither heard nor seen any discontentment among anybody over Cabinet reshuffle,” said Chiranjeevi.
The actor-turned-politician exuded confidence that he would help the Congress in the state retain power in 2014 polls.
Talking to reporters at AP Bhavan after taking oath as the Union minister at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi on Sunday, Chiranjeevi thanked every leader in the Congress from AICC president Sonia Gandhi to chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana for inducting him into the central Cabinet.
He further said that the AICC high command had made him Union minister in return for his support to Kiran Kumar Reddy’s government in the state at the time of no-confidence vote. On his delayed induction, Chiranjeevi, in a lighter vein, said, “It was not late, but latest.”
He said the Centre was putting in all efforts to resolve the Telangana issue and he would abide by the high command’s decision in this regard.