Health minister D.L. Ravindra Reddy, who was cut to size by Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy in the recent readjustment of portfolios, dashed off a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi seeking permission to resign from the Cabinet as well from his Assembly membership, in view of the prevailing “political situation in the state”.
In his letter, he said that the government headed by Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy has lost credibility and image due to wrong policies and programmes and the unilateral decisions taken by the CM. According to sources close to the minister, AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad has already spoken to Dr Reddy and requested him not to take any hasty decision. Mr Azad also promised that once the elections to Assemblies of five states are over, the central leadership will take some corrective measures.
Dr Reddy who was on ‘leave’ for ten days, attended the Assembly on Friday for a few hours before leaving for Kadapa district. Sources said that it is unlikely that he would attend the Assembly session on Monday. Dr Reddy, in his letter is learnt to have narrated several instances of the CM’s unique and indifferent style of functioning and his casual approach to contain the influence of MP Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, coupled with his indecisiveness and ina-bility to take his colle-agues into confidence.