Andhra Pradesh Cabinet blocks CM proposals

Independent Media

The Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, could not initiate inquiries into three crucial issues including the Sompeta firing as a majority of the Cabinet members shot down his proposal.

Mr Roaiah was isolated in the Cabinet meeting held on Friday, an unprecedented political development in the last few decades.

A majority of the ministers did not agree with the proposal to initiate inquiry into award of iron ore mining project to Rakshana Steels in Bayyaram, police firing in Sompeta and missing of Sri Krishnadevaraya jewellery in Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.

According to sources, the ministers were vociferous and found fault with the very concept of succumbing to the pressure of the Opposition parties and ordering probes.

They also cautioned him against the investors losing confidence and avoiding the state, if the government went back on its own decisions referring to the latter expressing readiness to stop NCC power project.

The trouble started with Mr Rosaiah raising the Bayyaram controversy and the Opposition parties’ demand for a probe. Sources said Mr Rosaiah had sent the file relating to inquiry into Bayyaram coal deal to the mines minister, Mr B. Srinivasa Reddy on Thursday night itself. The minister was told to moot the proposal in the Cabinet.

Mr Srinivasa Reddy arrived at the Cabinet meeting hall in advance and showed it to several ministers present.


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