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Shankar Rao episode: Sonia pulls up Kiran?

The manner in which former minister and Secunderabad Congress MLA P Shankar Rao was taken into custody by the police in connection with a land dispute has landed Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy in an embarrassing situation.

According to reports from New Delhi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who had summoned Kiran for a meeting on Telangana issue, took him by surprise by raising the issue of Shankar Rao’s arrest in the first sentence itself. She sought to know why his government had to behave so rudely with Shankara Rao who was instrumental in exposing the Jaganmohan Reddy scam. She reminded that though it was a different matter that the former minister was in a land dispute, the manner in which he was humiliated would distance the Congress party from Dalits and BCs.

The Chief Minister, who was apparently taken aback with this intense grilling by Sonia Gandhi, reportedly assured that he would handle the issue carefully and undo the damage done to the party. She is learnt to have asked Kiran to personally call on Shankar Rao and settle the dispute amicably.

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