AP Congress's rift over CM exposed before Rahul Gandhi

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Hyderabad, May 10: The ongoing tussle between the supporters and critics of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy came to the fore once again after the Congress MPs from the state put their respective arguments in favour of and against Reddy before party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

While Seemandhra Mps, who are known to be close to the chief minister, told the vice-president that he was doing his best to ensure that the party does well in the next elections, his detractors, particularly the Telangana MPs, were deeply unimpressed by the Reddy administration's attitude towards the region.

It was learnt that Telnagana MPs like Manda Jagannatham, V Hanumantha Rao, G Vivekananda and Ponnam Prabhakar complained that ministers close to the CM were mistreating them. Jagannatham, for instance, said he was being humiliated by D K Aruna, a minister close to Reddy. He said he was thinking of quitting the party because of the "harassment". Hanumantha Rao said the CM's high-handedness was creating a rift in the cabinet.

Gandhi assured the detractors that he will look into the matter.

During the one-and-half-hour-long meeting which took place in the national capital, Gandhi tried to ascertain how the Jagan and Telangana factors could affect the Congress's electoral prospects in the ensuing elections, both the Lok Sabha and state assembly, next year.

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