Kiran holds talks on floating new party

Four days after quitting the chief minister’s post and Congress membership in protest against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday held talks with his loyalists to chalk out the future political course.

There is speculation that the 53-year-old former cricketer might float a new political party to fight for the rights of Seemandhra.

He met with six expelled Congress MPs in Madapur area stated to be the make shift party office. L. Rajagopal, Sabbam Hari, V Arun Kumar, Sai Pratap, Harsha Kumar and R Sambasiva Rao and state ministers S Sailajanath, P Satyanarayana and Parthasarthi were also present at the meeting.

“We discussed launching of a new political party at the meeting. We have conveyed Kiran to Kumar Reddy about the wishes of the people for a new political outfit and our wish to be a part of such an endeavour,” Harsha Kumar said speaking to media after the meeting.

He added that the confabulations will continue on Monday morning and if needed the leaders will meet again on Monday night. Sources say that the discussions covered issues such as the scope of the party, its agenda and structure. While, the meeting was considered fruitful there were also concerns about the thin attendance of legislators from Seemandhra. It was expected that at least 10 ministers and 50 Seemandhra MLAs would attend the meeting but only 3 were present.

Sabbam Hari, yet another expelled MP, who had attended the meeting, said that he was invited by Kiran himself to attend the meeting. “The state already has two regional parties, I was skeptical about the scope for a third one. I believe that a clear picture will emerge only after division of the state. Either way Kiran himself will announce our decision,” he added. Governor ESL Narasimhan has since accepted Kiran’s resignation and asked him to continue as caretaker chief minister till alternative arrangements are made.

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