Rosaiah puts off Delhi visit

Hyderabad, March 31: If trouble in Old City of Hyderabad had really been orchestrated with an intention to throw a spanner in the exercise Chief Minister K Rosaiah has undertaken to reshuffle his Cabinet, the perpetrators of the orgy of violence seem to have succeeded to some extent.

As the communal contagion which broke out in the Old City last Saturday night spread to areas in the new city on Tuesday, the Chief Minister has put off his tour to Delhi to seek approval for his proposal for additions and subtractions in the Cabinet.

He wanted to leave for the nation’s capital in the first week of April since he was preoccupied with the budget session of the Assembly which came to an end today. His decision has come as a great relief for those who are likely to be dropped but came as a dampener for those aspiring to become ministers.

But the flames of conflagration continue to rise, the Chief Minister said he would consider touring Delhi only after normalcy restored in Hyderabad.

Though he was present in the Assembly, his preoccupation all through the day was reviewing law and order situation. He held a meeting with senior police officials in the morning and at his Camp Office in the evening.

In between, he held talks with leaders of all parties and elicited their support in dousing the communal flames.

To a query on Cabinet expansion at an informal meeting with mediapersons, the Chief Minister said for the time being he would stay put in Hyderabad.