Minister for Irrigation Ponnala Lakshmaiah on Tuesday sprang a surprise on chief minister K Rosaiah by raising the deputy chief minister issue.
Lakshmaiah said as per the Gentlemen’s Agreement of 1956, if the chief minister was from Seemandhra region, the deputy chief minister post should be given to a Telangana leader. “Now that there is a large scale demand for Telangana state formation, it would be ideal for the Congress high command to consider giving deputy Chief Minister post to a Telangana leader,” he said.
Ponnala’s comment raised many eyebrows in the media, as to whether he is throwing his hat into the ring in the wake of reports that Rosaiah is planning to reshuffle and expand his council of ministers. Who knows, Ponnala might emerge as a dark horse if there is any such offer from the high command.