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December 2, 2010 - Hyderabad

Ramireddy Venkat Reddy met with the Chief Minister this morning. In the hour long meeting, it is learnt that Ramireddy has expressed his strong dissatisfaction to the Chief Minister over the portfolio allocated to him. He questioned the CM on what basis he was allocated the Horticulture ministry.

Uttam Kumar Reddy and Home Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy also met with Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy today. It is learnt that Uttam Kumar Reddy is trying for the post of Government's Whip. Intelligence IG Mahendar Reddy also met the Chief Minister. It is learnt that the Congress will keep the post of Deputy Chief Minister vacant till the end of this year.

Revenue Minister Raghuveera Reddy met Vatti Vasanth Kumar this morning and tried to console the later. Vatti Vasanth Kumar had resigned to his minister post as well as an MLA yesterday. It appears Jagan is trying to convert the political crisis in Congress to his advantage. As per the sources, it is learnt that Jagan Mohan Reddy has called the resigned Tourism minister Vatti Vasanth Kumar today.

IT Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah rejected the claims that he was dissatisfied with the portfolio he was allocated. He blamed the media saying that he hasn't even once expressed any disappointment in this regard. Another dissatisfied minister, Dharmana Prasada Rao met with about 20 Congress Members and MLAs at his residence. The 'unhappy' ministers are planning to speak straight to the CM at the Cabinet meeting this evening. Though, Ponnala told the media that he is happy, it appears that some thing is being cooked behind the scenes. He is at the Dharmana's residence for most part of the morning today. Some ministers are believed to have been in touch with Congress high command leaders Pranab Mukherjee and Ahmed Patel.

TDP MLA Talasani Srinivas Yadav questioned how will the Government function when so many ministers are unhappy with their portfolios.

Home Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy and Danam Nagender told the media that the dissatisfaction among the ministers will not last long. They expressed confidence that things will sort themselves out and everything will be back in order soon. Media reports say that P Sudarshan Reddy is likely to be moved out of Major and Medium Irrigation to another subject. Panchayat Raj Minister Jana Reddy also said that the trouble in the party will be solved shortly.

PCC President D Srinivas said that the it is common to have unhappiness among Cabinet Members when their desired portfolio is not being allocated to them. He said that time will sort the things out. He also said the current crisis in the party to a cyclone in a tea-cup. Srinivas promised the dissatisfied ministers that he will speak to the Chief Minister after analyzing the situation to sort the things out and bring back the situation to normalcy. DL Ravindranath Reddy told the media that it is unfair to say that Congress have given important portfolios to ministers from Kadapa region. He urged the ministers not to skip the Cabinet meeting today. However it was reported that the Dalit leaders are forcing Damodar Raja Narasimha to skip the cabinet meeting today.

Dissatisfied Ministers to attend Cabinet Meeting

As per the sources, the dissatisfied ministers will be attending the first Cabinet meeting. They are preparing to sort out the portfolio allotment issue with the Chief Minister directly. The state cabinet meeting is scheduled at 4:30 pm today. Earlier today, the Chief Minister met with various ministers within his reach. He discussed on the dissatisfaction that is among the ministers over the portfolio allotments.

In an interesting development, YS Vivekananda Reddy met with Jagan Mohan Reddy at the later's residence in Hyderabad. Viveka said that the meeting has noting to do with the current state of politics.

Telangana MLAs angry at Kiran Kumar Reddy

While the Congress party is trying to calm the 'unhappy' ministers in their cabinet, another troubling ripple is getting ready. Some Telangana MLAs are angry at CM Kiran Kumar Reddy and the Congress high command for not keeping their word in allotting the Deputy CM position for a Telangana SC candidate as promised earlier. Speaking to the media, Vikarabad MLA Prasad demanded the high command to reconsider their plans for Deputy CM.

Congress high command in damage control mode

Political secretary to Sonia Gandhi and Congress Senior Leader Ahmed Patel spoke with the Chief Minister over telephone today. It appears that discussion is in regard to the post of Deputy Chief Minister and to gather the latest information in regard to various dissatisfied ministers. Ahmed Patel advised the ministers not to take any drastic steps in a hurry. As per the reports, the count of dissatisfied ministers has increased to 13. After discussions with the CM, it has been decided that the post of Deputy Chief Minister will remain vacant for some more time.

Ahmed Patel spoke separately with most of the Andhra Pradesh ministers. Speaking with Ponnala and Botcha, he requested them to attend the cabinet meeting today. He promised that justice will be done to them.

In-charge of State Congress Affairs Veerappa Moily spoke to the reporters in New Delhi. He said that there is no dissatisfaction among the cabinet ministers in the state. He blamed the media for making a big scene out of nothing. Moily appeared hopeful that things will be sorted out soon.

The Congress high command has directed MP KVP Ramachandra Rao to talk to Vatti Vasanth Kumar and console him. Meanwhile, it appears that Vatti Vasanth Kumar is reconsidering his decision of resignation. A letter by Vatti Vasanth Kumar was made available to the public. In his letter, Vatti said he is resigning his ministerial post but will continue with the MLA seat. He said that he will meet Ms. Sonia Gandhi shortly and follow the direction given by her. He however confirmed he will stay away from the present cabinet.

With the situation in the state getting out of control, the high command is considering sending a senior delegation to the state to sort out the problems.

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