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Ministers meet Sonia, crib about ‘insignificant’ portfolios

Ministers meet Sonia, crib about ‘insignificant’ portfolios

New Delhi, Dec 6 : Several senior Ministers on Monday called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi and expressed their ‘dissatisfaction’ over the allotment of portfolios by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy during the Cabinet formation.

Ministers, Vatti Vasanth Kumar, Botsa Satyanaraya, Komatireddy Venkata Reddy, Dharmana Prasad, Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Mukesh Goud, P Shankar Rao and Pitani Satyanarayana have expressed their displeasure at being allotted ‘insignificant’ portfolios.

They alleged that the Chief Minister has given top priority to Reddy community while allotting important portfolios. The Chief Minister has not even taken into account the regional and caste equations and has completely ignored the seniority and experience of leaders while giving portfolios.

As many as 13 Ministers in the Cabinet are from the Reddy community.

The High Command is yet to take a decision on Deputy Chief Minister’s post, the next Pradesh Congress Committee president, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker’s posts.

According to sources, PCC chief D Srinivas, held consultations with Ms Sonia Gandhi and Union Law Minister and AP Affairs In Charge M Veerappa Moily.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy will leave for New Delhi on Monday night to finalise the names for DY-CM, PCC Chief and Speaker post with the Congress High Command.

According to speculations, J Geetha Reddy, Damodar Rajanarasimha and Ponnala Laxmaiah were in the race for the Deputy Chief Minister post.

The names of minority candidate Shabbir Ali and Marri Shashidhar Reddy were doing rounds for PCC chief post.

The High Command is considering Nadendla Manohar, the Deputy Speaker in the assembly for the Speaker.

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