Hyderabad, Sep 3: The death of Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhra Reddy has plunged the Andhra Pradesh administration in a state of crisis as YSR ran a tight ship controlled by the chief minister's office, a TNN report said.
According to a political analyst, it was a one-man show and especially in his second term YSR had appointed ministers at entirely his personal choice.
The report said the choice of Congress naming K Rosaiah as the interim chief minister was only because of his seniority, but Rosaiah was not the No 2 to YSR in his second term.
YSR's No 2 was Sabitha Reddy, a housewife a decade ago but the death of her politician husband brought her to politics. YSR thought she was his lucky mascot and appointed her the home minister and his unofficial No 2, report said.
"With YSR removed from the scene, the top leaders the Congress will have to really put their heads together about a replacement for him. Its quite clear that Rosaiah, a hard-working man with a reputation for integrity cannot really take the place of YSR," the political analyst said. "He will only be the temporary boss. This is clear."
The names of K V P Ramachandra Rao, public adviser, Union minister Jaipal Reddy and Purandeswari (daughter of N T Rama Rao) are also in the race.
Report also said, however interests who would like the status quo to continue are already batting strongly for YSR's son, Jaganmohan Reddy.
It is expected that infighting for the chief minister's post will begin the moment YSR's funeral is over.