Kiran, who earlier was called a 'conspirator' by one pro-Telangana leader, had tried to pressurised the central government hinting that he would not only step down as Andhra CM but would resign from the Congress and form his own party. Kiran's popularity in anti-Telangana region, especially in Seemandhra, soared following his heroic move.
But Jagan's sudden announcement that he will fight to save Andhra Pradesh has left Kiran behind. Jagan's fast-unto-death fetched all limelight from Kiran. The initiative has gone out of the CM's hand when TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu too started indefinite fast in Delhi.
Jagan's sudden announcement on Telangana has left Kiran Kumar behind.
Meanwhile, former Andhra Pradesh DIG police Dinesh Reddy was quoted as saying that Kiran had "pressured him to issue a public statement that the creation of Telangana would lead to intensification of Maoist activities".
The report, published in Times of India, added that Dinesh had also alleged that the CM had "reprimanded him for seeking additional central forces for containing expected trouble in Seemandhra in the run up to the Congress Working Committee's T resolution at the end of July."
Another media report claimed that Congress party leaders believe that although changing Kiran as Chief Minister was an option, doing so would not mean that the situation would come under control, rather he would have become a hero.
Meanwhile, top Congress leaders admitted that the party will impose President's Rule in the state if the situation goes out of control.