Reddy's absence is bound to be seen as an open act of defiance by the party's top brass.

In a letter to AICC general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi on Thursday, the AP Chief Minister expressed his inability to attend the party event.
    
"A crucial debate is on in the AP state legislature on the draft AP Re-organisation Bill-2013. Opposition parties may raise serious objections if I am not present in the House. Hence I may be exempted from attending the AICC meet," Reddy said.

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The Andhra Pradesh Cheif Minister has in the past few months assumed the role of the principal opponent to the Centre's plans to bifurcate his state.

Thanking the AICC for inviting him to the session, the AP Chief Minister wanted the Congress high command to "appreciate sensitivities".     
    
The AICC invited Kiran for the AICC meeting as well as the extended meeting of the Central Working Committee (CWC) of the Congress on Thursday. However, the AP CM skipped the CWC meet as well.

It may be mentioned here that the AP Chief Minister has not been on good terms with the Congress high command ever since he openly opposed the CWC decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.

There were also reports of Congress leaders from Seemandhra region on Thursday threatening to hold a dharna outside the venue of AICC meet over denial of entry to them. The Congress high command has decided to deny permission to the six rebellious Seemandhra MPs to attend the meet. The group includes six MPs from the region:- R Sambasiva Rao, Sabbam Hari, V Arun Kumar, A Saiprathap, L Rajagopal and GV Harshakumar .

The denial of passes has come in the backdrop of reports that the issue of separate Telangana could generate heat in the AICC meeting, the first after the decision of CWC to divide Andhra Pradesh.

(Agencies)

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