Sonia Gandhi likely to remove Kiran Kumar as Andhra CM

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Kiran Kumar Reddy
Hyderabad, Aug 12: If the sources are to be believed, then Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy may be shown the exit soon. Congress President Sonia Gandhi may take the decision soon, sources informed on Sunday, Aug 12.

A high level source has been quoted as saying, "Though the Congress high command had been mulling a change for a while it had been decided to consider the matter only after the presidential poll."

"However, in the interim inputs began to be received at 10, Janpath that any change or not, the prospects of the Congress in the state would not improve, Jagan's popularity having surged. So the idea was given up," added the source.

The source also revealed the names who are believed to be in the race to become Kiran's successor. The people, whose names have been suggested for the post are - Jana Reddy, a minister in the Kiran government and Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority Shashidhar Reddy, also a local MLA. Long time minister Kanna Lakshminarayana is also in the contention.

However, sources also claimed that a decision on Andhra Pradesh's Chief Minister ship cannot be taken independently of what is to be done in Telangana. Now, it will be interesting to see what Mrs Gandhi will do.

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