According to highly placed sources, Sonia is learnt to have called up former PCC chief and MLC D.Srinivas personally and asked him to rush to New Delhi by Sunday evening. This has led to wide speculations that Sonia is contemplating replacing N Kiran Kumar Reddy as the chief minister much before the forthcoming by-polls to 18 Assembly seats and Nellore Parliamentary seat.
After her emissary Vayalar Ravi’s briefing about the leadership crisis in the state, she was said to be convinced that it was high time to change the guard in the state.
To strike a regional balance, she may ask Botsa Satyanarayana to quit the post of PCC chief post and in his place, she might appoint J C Divakara Reddy, sources said. Interestingly, JC has been the strong advocate of Rayala Telangana, the only card available with the high command to confine YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy to Rayalaseema.
It is rumoured that Damodar Rajanarasimha may have to forego his Deputy Chief Ministership to pay the pave the way for a Dalit Minister from costal Andhra Pradesh.
As Jagan is casting his magic spell on the votes of Dalits and Dalit Christians in this part, this step may slow down their exodus from Congress to YSRC, advisors to the high command believe.