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Andhra IT Minister Issued Showcause Notice

PTI 01 Jan 2010, 22:00:24 IST

Cracking the whip, Congress High Command on Friday  in New Delhi  issued a show-cause notice to rebel Andhra Pradesh Minister from Telangana K Venkata Reddy, who raised a storm by attacking Chief Minister K Rosaiah, for "deliberately lowering party's prestige".

 The notice was issued by AICC General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi, who is in-charge of organisational affairs, after he received a report from Veerappa Moily, Congress in-charge of Andhra Pradesh.  In the notice, Reddy, who has also reportedly refused to take back his resignation which was submitted to party chief Sonia Gandhi, has been charged with "deliberately lowering the prestige of the party".  Dwivedi has given 7 days time for Reddy to reply.

Reddy had yesterday hit out at Rosaiah over his comments that Naxalites were involved in the statehood movement, saying that his remarks were affecting the bifurcation of the state.  "It is not proper for the Chief Minister and DGP to say that Naxalites and ex-Naxalites have joined the Telangana movement in full force. He should not try to scuttle the formation of Telangana by sending reports to the Centre or by speaking to the media like this," he had said.  "He (Rosaiah) should behave like the Chief Minister for Andhra Pradesh and not just for coastal Andhra, at least till the state is divided," the Minister said.  PTI