NEW DELHI: Concerned over the ongoing battle between party leaders in Andhra Pradesh, the Congress has summoned senior leader P. Janardhan Reddy here and asked him not to politicise a personal issue

AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh, in-charge of party affairs in the State, said he had a word with Mr. Reddy following his threat to go on a hunger strike in pursuance of his demands.

“I have spoken to Mr. Reddy and asked him not to politicise an incident which has no connection with politics. He has promised to see me before he takes any further action,” Mr. Singh told correspondents at the party headquarters here.

Speaks to YSR

The AICC leader said he also spoke to Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and APCC president K. Keshava Rao. Asked about the support that Mr. Janardhan Reddy was drawing from other Congress legislators and even Telangana Rashtra Samiti, Mr. Singh shot back: “Is it an election that so many MLAs are supporting him?” Hyderabad Special Correspondent writes: Congress MP V. Hanumantha Rao made efforts to bring about a rapprochement between Mr. Raveendranath Reddy and Mr. Janardhan Reddy.

He met both of them separately and also called on the Chief Minister in the Secretariat in an attempt to find an amicable settlement to the raging controversy.


However, the Khairatabad MLA appeared in no mood for reconciliation unless his demands for suspension of the DCP (West Zone) N. Madhusudan Reddy, arrest of Mr. Raveendranath Reddy and his son and an impartial probe into the incident were conceded. Mr. Hanumantha Rao told reporters that he would continue his mediation efforts. He said he had stepped in to diffuse the situation and prevent any damage to the Congress party’s image.

The MP said Mr. Janardhan Reddy expressed anguish at the highhanded behaviour of the police and their partisan attitude. On his part, Mr. Hanumantha Rao said, he had advised the latter against going on an indefinite fast.

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