Andhra Speaker Kiran Reddy sworn in as chief minister

Written by Political Bureau | Hyderabad | Updated: Nov 26 2010, 07:59am hrs
Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy has been sworn in the 16th chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. A Rayalseema MLA and a loyalist of late chief minister YS Rajashekhar Reddy, Kiran Kumar Reddy has a tough agenda in front of him, including stabilising the law and order situation in the state and handling the Telangana issue.

Addressing his first press conference after he was sworn in as the CM, Reddy said that he would not hesitate to use any measure possible to maintain peace. He asserted that his government would strive to ensure that Andhra Pradesh become the best investment destination in short term.

He reiterated that all the poll promises made in the party manifesto during the 2009 elections, such as Rs 2 for a kg rice, tuition fee reimbursements etc, will be delivered .

He said strengthening governance and ushering in transparency to see that there was no set back to any of the ongoing development programme and welfare schemes was something needed to be taken care of in the state. On the Telangana issue, he said that the decision of the high command on the issue would be final.

When asked about his relations with all groups in the state Congress, he said he had been assured of support by majority of the state legislators and even Opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu. On Cabinet expansion, he said he would finalise the details after consultations with the party high command.

He said the deputy CM and the Speaker will be finalised in a day or two.