Congress says no threat to government

Despite ominous signs that there could be further exodus of its MLAs to YSR Congress of Kadapa MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, the ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh is not ready to accept that its government faced a possible threat in the near future.

“There is no threat to the Congress government and it will last its full term, no matter who stays in the party or leaves it and N Kiran Kumar Reddy would continue to be the Chief Minister,” Deputy Chief Minister C Damodar Rajanarasimha asserted on Saturday.

He made these comments in response to reporters’ queries on the possible threat to government as two Congress MLAs switched over to the YSR Congress in the last two days and a few others were ready to follow suit.

The Congress has a wafer-thin majority in the 294-member Assembly with 153 members, including 16 of the erstwhile Praja Rajyam Party. Unlike in the past, the Congress cannot count on the support of the seven-member Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen as relationship between the two parties strained because of some recent incidents.