Wed, 24 Nov 2010 19:58:43 GMT

Kiran Kumar Reddy to be new Andhra chief minister

Hyderabad: N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, the Andhra Pradesh assembly speaker, will be the new chief minister following K. Rosaiah's resignation, senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee said here Wednesday.

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Speaker Kiran Kumar Reddy (pictured), Information Minister Geetha Reddy and Union Minister S Jaipal Reddy are some of the names being circulated to succeed Rosaiah.

"Sonia Gandhi has named Kiran Kumar Reddy as the new leader," Mukherjee told reporters late Wednesday. The governor will administer the oath of office to Kiran Kumar Reddy Thursday, the union finance minister added.

Legislators of the ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh had earlier Wednesday night unanimously authorised party chief Sonia Gandhi to name the successor to Rosaiah, who resigned earlier Wednesday on health grounds.

In a dramatic development earlier in the day, Chief Minister K Rosaiah resigned on Wednesday triggering speculation that this could be part of a Congress Telangana package ahead of the submission of a report on the separate statehood demand.

"I have decided to step down from the chief minister's post purely due to personal reasons. There are political reasons. I am telling you this from my heart," 77-year-old Rosaiah told reporters minutes before he tendered his resignation to Governor E S L Narasimhan.

"I was in an advanced age by the time the responsibility was thrust on me. As chief minister I had to shoulder a lot of work load, looking after various departments and co-ordinating their activities. Nevertheless, I have discharged my duties to the best of my ability," he said.

Rosaiah, who was always seen as a stop-gap arrangement in the aftermath of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's death in September last year, was in Delhi yesterday and the high command is understood to have conveyed to him about the need for a change of guard.

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