Finance minister K Rosaiah is mighty upset these days and the cause of his discomfiture is that home minister Sabita Indra Reddy has upstaged him as number two in the YSR cabinet. In YSRs first stint as per protocol, the general administration department had accorded Rosaiah the number two status. But after the new cabinet took over and Sabita was given the home portfolio, the general administration department (GAD) made a change and put the lady ahead of the rest of the crowd.
Although the home minister does not really have any important subjects to deal with (chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy garu has retained the law and order charge with him like his first term), GAD insists that she has been accorded the number two status because of the threat perception to her. But those in the finance department say Rosaiah has not given up trying to reclaim his status and has directed his peshi to check with GAD whether he can get back the coveted number two status. That would be a wee bit difficult because the GAD would not have done anything without checking it with the big man himself.