Kumar Reddy is 16th chief minister of Andhra Pradesh
Thursday November 25, 2010 05:09:06 PM,
N. Kiran Kumar Reddy took oath Thursday as the 16th chief minister
of Andhra Pradesh, a day after K. Rosaiah resigned to terminate
his 14-month government that was hamstrung by inner-party
In his first action, Reddy went to a local hospital and interacted
with poor patients.
Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan administered the oath of office and
secrecy to Reddy at 12.14 p.m. at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan here.
The 50-year-old leader from Chittoor district in Rayalaseema
region, a keen cricketer who once represented his state in Ranji
Trophy, took oath in Telugu.
The brief and simple ceremony was attended by Rosaiah, Congress
party's central leaders M. Veerappa Moily, Ghulam Nabi Azad, state
Congress chief D. Srinivas, former ministers in Rosaiah's cabinet,
leaders of the Telugu Desam Party and other opposition parties.
Reddy, who alone took oath, will leave for New Delhi Friday to
meet party president Sonia Gandhi and other central leaders for
consultations to constitute his ministry.
He was earlier scheduled to leave Thursday evening but the visit
was postponed on the direction of the central leadership.
Moily, who is also in charge of party affairs in the state, has
announced that a deputy chief minister from Telangana would be
Immediately after taking oath, Reddy drove down to Nizam's
Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) and met a few patients. He
inquired about the implementation of Arogyasri scheme launched by
late former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy to provide free
medical treatment to the poor.
The chief minister also garlanded the statues of Mahatma Gandhi
and former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi at
different places in the city.
Congress legislators and leaders individually met Reddy at a guest
house and congratulated him. The meeting was part of the
consultation process to constitute the ministry.
Earlier, the governor invited Reddy to form the government after
Srinivas Thursday morning called on him and informed him that the
Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has elected Reddy as the new
leader in place of Rosaiah.
Gandhi Wednesday night named Reddy as the new chief minister,
hours after the party legislators unanimously authorised her to
choose the successor to Rosaiah, who resigned citing health
reasons and work pressure.
But primarily it was his inability to deal with the growing
rebellion of Jaganmohan Reddy, the ambitious son of his
predecessor, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, that proved to be his
Kiran Kumar Reddy, who was the state assembly speaker, resigned
from the post Wednesday night. He was earlier the government chief
whip but was never a minister.
Son of former minister N. Amarnath Reddy, he represents Pileru
constituency in Chittoor district of Rayalaseema region.
A four-term legislator, Kiran Kumar Reddy was born and brought up
in Hyderabad. He studied B. Com. and law from the Osmania
University. He was a passionate cricketer, captained the
university team and also played for the Hyderabad team in the
Reddy is the 16th chief minister of the state and the third from
Chittoor district. Former chief minister and leader of opposition
N. Chandrababu Naidu also hails from the same district.
Another key opposition leader and Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) chief
K. Chiranjeevi represents Tirupati assembly constituency in
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