Hyderabad:Ysr supporters are gunning Rosiah to take induct ex chief minister wife as a cabinet minister and pressing the chief minister and high command to include her in the next cabinet expansion.Andhra Pradesh chief minister K. Rosaiah is in a quandary.On the one hand there’s the boiling cauldron called Telangana.On the other, the memories of Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy to contend with.
Supporters of the former CM, who died in a chopper crash last year, are putting pressure on Rosaiah for the induction of YSR’s widow into the state cabinet. This, they feel, will be a tribute to the soul of the departed leader.
In December, Vijayalakshmi was unanimously elected to the state assembly from Pulivendula in Kadapa district, which was represented by her husband before his death.Ever since her election, YSR loyalists, who are rallying around his son Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, have been pushing Rosaiah to take her into the cabinet and give her a prominent portfolio.
Former minister Konda Surekha said that if Rosaiah had any respect for YSR, he should accommodate Vijayalakshmi.
“ It will be an opportunity to continue the legacy of the departed leader,” she said.
A similar demand was put forth by Pradesh Congress Committee secretary Ambati Rambabu, a Jaganmohan loyalist.
Following his father’s death, Jaganmohan had wanted the Pulivendula ticket for himself with an eye on the deputy CM’s post. But the Congress high command turned down the request on the grounds that Jagan was already an MP from Kadapa. The party also did not want him to emerge as an alternative power centre in the state and offered the ticket to Vijayalakshmi instead.
Now the demand for a cabinet berth to Vijayalakshmi has put Rosaiah in a difficult situation.He cannot openly reject the demand since it might create an impression that he is against the YSR family. But if the CM inducts Vijayalakshmi, there is every possibility that Jaganmohan might indirectly gain control over the cabinet and interfere in the administration.
Sources in the CM’s office said he prefers to forward such requests to the Congress high command.
“ I am not in a hurry to expand my cabinet. I will do it whenever I feel it necessary,” Rosaiah told mediapersons on Monday.