Telangana Governor Tamilisai Saundararajan has administered a shock to chief minister KCR on the issue of nominated Governor quota MLCs. She has refused to sign on the resolution of the State Cabinet nominating Kaushik Reddy as the MLC in governor's quota. It has been nearly six weeks that the resolution was sent to the Governor, but she has not affixed her signature on it.
What more? The Governor has expressed dissatisfaction over forwarding Kaushik Reddy's name. She said that she neds more time to study the resolution. Thus Kaushik Reddy's nomination is now in limbo. The Governor, it appears, has objected to a politician being appointed in the Governor's quota. Earlier, she was asked to send Goreti Venkanna's nomination for the legislative council. She readily accepted it and affixed her signature.
Kaushik Reddy, a Congress candidate in 2018 assembly elections from Huzurabad, joined the TRS ahead of the bypoll in the constituency. KCR assured to make him the MLC in Governor's quota. When the cabinet passed a resolution on this, everyone felt his entry into the legislative council is a mere formality. However, Governor Tamilisai threw a spanner in the works by raising objections to a person facing serious cases. Speaking during a media interaction in the Raj Bhavan recently, she expressed unhappiness over Kaushik Reddy being nominated in the social service category.
She said nominating undeserving persons to the council under social service quota was not the right thing to do and felt that the KCR government should re-think on the issue. With this, doubts are now being expressed in the political circles about Kaushik Reddy becoming an MLC. The political observers feel that Governor's re-assertion must have shocked the TRS top boss too.