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Surface Cleansing

Will the party’s belated morality pangs work?

Surface Cleansing
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Surface Cleansing
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The Congress might have coasted to a predictable win in Karnataka, but in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, it is looking down the barrel. After the UPA government at the Centre sent Ashwani Kumar and Pawan Bansal packing in two scams that competed for headlines, the tainted ministers in Kiran Kumar Reddy’s cabinet saw their cha­nces narrowing. The high command made it clear that those chargesheeted by the CBI in the Jaganmohan Reddy illegal assets case would have to go too.

Accordingly, the chargesheeted home minister Sabitha Indra Reddy and roads and buildings minister Dharmana Pra­sada Rao resigned, and have been wea­ring an air of pained martyrdom ever since. Three other ministers—Ponnala Lakshmaiah, J. Geeta Reddy and Kanna Lakshminarayana—who received noti­ces from the Supreme Court on the controversial government orders they issued in Jagan’s favour are on tenterhooks. They are next in the CBI’s sights.

All this has left state-level Congress leaders seething with resentment. Many ministers in Kiran Reddy’s...

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