Telangana on the move, Rosaiah steps down

Written by Political Bureau | Hyderabad | Updated: Nov 25 2010, 06:15am hrs
Konijeti Rosaiah has resigned as the Andhra Pradesh chief minister citing heath reasons. He submitted his resignation to the Governor ESL Narasimahan. The Governor, while accepting the resignation has requested Rosaiah to continue in office till the formation of a new government.

The 78-year old chief minister could never erase the impression that he was only a temp inspite of his 14 months and 21 days in the hot seat. He took over on September 3, 2009 after the sudden death of former chief minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy, and has nothing to regret, he told the media.

I have nothing to regret as my assignment was to hold the party and government together till the high command took a decision on AP, he said. He said his resignation was purely due to straining heath and there was no political pressure from the high command.

Interestingly, he had narrated in private circles of his harrowing exasperation of how the ministers and also officials defied him .

Files do not come to me, officials do not bother to inform me of updates and officials only wanted oral nod, he had lamented earlier about his temporary post. Political circles say Rosaiah felt that he was accused as a hurdle in the path of Kadapa MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy.

He had said he was always a soldier and never been a commander. Rosaiah had said that neither the Telangana or the Jagan issue bothered him though they affected his functioning and efficiency of his administration a lot. Both the issues were handled directly by the party high command with separate mechanisms. But managing political and administrative tasks continued to harass him as he did not have trusted circle around him despite his age and experience.

The high command has understood the gravity of the situation in the state as Rosaiah came under severe criticisms and mismanagement. He was not able to curb rebellion Jagan and hence the high command has decided to have another Reddy to counter Jagan.

Meanwhile, sources said Rosaiah may get a governor post for Rajasthan or Karnataka. It is yet to be confirmed by the high command.