Congress on Wednesday said the issue of Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy’s ‘Odarpu’ yatra and the party’s stand on it was a “domestic affair” which the party was capable of handling.
Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily, who is also the party in charge of Andhra Pradesh, on Wednesday refused to get drawn into the controversy over Mr. Jagan’s claim yesterday that he had given him a go ahead to continue with his yatra.
“I don’t want to comment anymore on Mr. Jagan....” Mr. Moily told reporters here.
He said the Congress was “capable of managing its own home. It is a domestic affair, we will manage it.”
When persisted, Mr. Moily said he cannot make a statement daily on the issue. “I cannot generate and regenerate a statement daily,” he said.
Standoff between the Congress and Mr. Jagan took a new turn yesterday when the MP claimed that the party had given him the go-ahead to continue with his yatra. His claim was strongly refuted by Mr. Moily.
After meeting Mr. Moily, Mr. Jaganmohan had claimed the Congress leader gave him a green signal to continue with the yatra and “this tour of mine was widely appreciated by him“.
But, hours later, Mr. Moily told reporters: “I never told him to go-ahead nor did he ask my permission.”
“There is no question of giving permission when he has not discussed the issue with me. Our advice is better he desists from going ahead with the yatra,” he had said.