President rule in the State likely after Kiran Kumar Reddy steps down
February 17, 2014 - Hyderabad
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy who fought with the Congress led-UPA government to keep the State united is likely to step down on Tuesday. Governor ESL Narasimhan may likely to recommend President's rule in the State as he was unwilling to take the reigns as Care Taker government.
Following tabling of AP State Reorganization Bill 2013 (Telangana State Formation Bill) that comes before the House on Tuesday for debate and approval Kiran Reddy to step down to post striking his words. Till late last night, he was persuaded by his colleagues to wait and watch but the political situations in the national capital evidently clear that BJP in all likely hood support the Bill.
The Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde will move a debate on the Bill at 12 noon and discussion will take on it till 4pm in the evening following by voting. AICC president and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi will initiate a debate on the Bill. It may be recalled that Sushil Kumar and Jai Ram Ramesh had already discussed with BJP leader Sushma Swaraj and other top leaders including LK Advani seeking their support for the Bill. They told them of their support to it following acceptance of the amendments they sought and keep the House in order.
It is understood that Kiran Reddy is in mood of continuing in after a debate is initiated as a care taker and the best option available is to impose President's rule in the State on the line of Delhi.
As a parting gift, Kiran Kumar Reddy affected transfers of senior IAS officers to their places of choice on Monday evening makes the picture clear that he is quitting on Tuesday by noon.