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HYDERABAD: The Congress high command has managed to defuse the crisis caused by the removal of the subjects of medical education a..
HYDERABAD: The Congress high command has managed to defuse the crisis caused by the removal of the subjects of medical education and 108, 104 services from DL Ravindra Reddy's portfolio and entrusting them to a new entrant into the cabinet, K Murali Mohan.
Ravindra Reddy, now in charge of only health and family welfare, was intent on quitting the cabinet. He arrived in Hyderabad from Kadapa on Wednesday morning and was closeted with PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana for over two hours. He is understood to have conveyed his feelings to the PCC President and wanted restoration of his earlier portfolio.
Then the two leaders discussed the matter with the party high command which advised Ravindra Reddy against taking the extreme step of quitting the cabinet and asked him to bear with the inconvenience for some time to come. Reddy, who mellowed down a bit after speaking with the central leaders, deferred his decision of resigning.
Later speaking to mediapersons, Ravindra Reddy said: "The way I was divested of the medical education charge has hurt me," he said but made it clear that he did not give a damn to positions. "I am not in the habit of taking money in suitcases to Chennai, Bombay and Delhi to secure positions. Such people who could stoop to any level are aplenty in the Congress and many of them are in good positions now," he said.
Reddy said he was given a smaller portfolio for not doing the bidding of people in high places. "I may not have done what they had asked me. But I have been doing whatever is necessary for people. Whether I am a minister or not, I will continue to work for the welfare of the people," Ravindra Reddy said.
Training his guns on the chief minister, he said the chief minister's explanation that his portfolio was split for administrative convenience was a big lie. "Those who are in high places should not tell lies. How come administration was easier when all the three _ medical education, health family Welfare and '108' and '104' services _ were together and how can, suddenly, splitting of the portfolio result in better administration?" he asked.