The Minister for Roads and Buildings, Dharmana Prasada Rao, who tendered his resignation after his name figured in the CBI chargesheet in the disproportionate assets case of Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, is weighing the option of representing his case to the party high command on his own.
He is planning to leave for Delhi once Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy announced his decision on his resignation and the CBI plea for permission to prosecute him, according to sources close to the minister.
He is keen on meeting AICC general secretary in-charge of AP affairs Gulam Nabi Azad very soon. Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana are also leaving for Delhi after the Ramzan holiday to discuss the fate of some senior ministers named in the Jagan case.
Dharmana is said to be already in touch with some of the senior leaders in New Delhi, including Vayalar Ravi.
A host of ministers from the state have shouldered the task of lobbying for continuing Darmana in the state cabinet. Botcha Satyanarayana is spearheading the mission.
Dharmana was reportedly alerted in advance by a former MLA close to him about the CBI moves and imminent action against him.
But he remained unperturbed so far. He had been pleading that he was not at fault on any count. He was sounding confident of coming clean in the case.
He is gearing for a legal battle and quite hopeful of proving his integrity in the court by disproving the charges made against him by the CBI.
More and more ministers and elected representatives were calling on him and expressing their solidarity.
Congress MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao and ministers Kasu Krishna Reddy and Ghanta Srinivasa Rao and a host of MLAs and MLCs were among those who called on him in the day.
A delegation of elected representatives from Srikakulam district was leaving for Delhi to represent the issue of Dharmana to the party high command.