Cong adopting wait-and-watch policy in AP

Written by: Manoj Kumar Ramesh
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New Delhi, Jan 11 (PTI) With problems galore in AndhraPradesh, Congress high command appears to be adopting a wait-and-watch approach on issues thrown up by the SrikrishnaCommittee on Telangana and the challenge by Y S JaganmohanReddy.

"Ambivalence is the name of the game on Telengana," saida senior party leader on condition of anonymity.

His contention was that sometimes no decision is the bestdecision on contentious matters as passage of time helpsresolve such issues dispassionately.

The party is banking heavily on newly installed ChiefMinister Kiran Kumar Reddy to tackle the situation giving morethan hints that it was an "acid test" and if he could provehis leadership, it would be better for him and the party.

In Hyderabad, Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moilydismissed Jagan''s claim that the Andhra Pradesh governmentwas at his mercy.

"We know our strength. Congress is 125 years old. Thereis no need to worry about the Congress government," Moily, whois in-charge of Congress affairs in Andhra Pradesh, said.

He termed the present crisis as "temporary ripples in thewater" and said "everything will be set right soon".

Jagan today demonstrated his clout in the state partyunit by displaying two MPs and 23 MLAs on his side during aone-day protest fast in Delhi on a water dispute issue.

Jagan, son of late state Chief Minister Y S RajasekharaReddy, who quit Congress last November and has plans to floata new party, used the occasion to dare his former party to actagainst the Congress MPs and MLAs who are with him at the riskof losing its government in Andhra Pradesh.

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