Botcha to lie low for time being

There are indications that the Andhra PCC president had been advised to not adopt aggressive postures against the CM.

Published: 21st January 2012 06:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:19 PM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: Having achieved what he wanted _ limiting the cabinet expansion to induction of two PRP legislators _ PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana is understood to be thinking of keeping a low profile at the Congress Coordination Committee meeting to be chaired by AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad at Gandhi Bhavan here on Saturday.

For a change, Botcha et al would rather sit and listen to what Kiran Kumar Reddy would want to say on the performance of his government thus far and not create any embarrassment to him.

He would be allowed to seek the help of the party in popularising his programmes and the questions that Botcha would be posing to him would be in the nature of knowing in what form the PCC should help the government.

Even Azad is expected to spend time listening to the chief minister who is expected to give an account of the commitments of investments made by industrialists at the recent Partnership Summit, his employment generation initiatives and the measures he had taken for the benefit farmers and women like waiving interest on loans up to Rs 1 lakh.

Now that the chief minister is a little unhappy over denial of freedom to reconstitute his cabinet, Azad wants to keep him in good humour by paying more attention to him.

Already indications are that Botcha had been advised to remain within limits and not adopt aggressive postures against the chief minister.

According to sources, this was the reason why Botcha declared on Friday that Kiran Kumar Reddy would remain the chief minister till the 2014 general election.

He took pains to explain how cordial the relations between him and the chief minister were and that there was nothing amiss in the Congress.

Azad is also expected to do a balancing act by keeping Chiranjeevi also in good humour since he was asked to be content with insignificant portfolios given to his two men _ Ghanta Srinivasa Rao and C Ramachandraiah.

According to analysts, Azad’s job this time is to make Kiran Reddy and his group feel happy and cut down to size those who had gained an upper hand like Botcha in Thursday’s cabinet expansion.

According to an analyst, the Congress does not want any one leader to get an impression that he is being given importance.

“The moment one gets the feeling that his word will carry weight in the party, he will be cut down to size and his rival is promoted,” the analyst said, adding, “This practice, which used to be in the Congress in the past, is being revived so that all the leaders will be under a tight leash and no leader will entertain, even in his wildest dreams, any idea of defying the party.”


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