Staff Reporter

High drama precedes teleconference as Jagan supporters lock up DCC office

Meet ended abruptly without the agenda being taken up as ‘Jagan issue’ gobbled up time

Leaders vow to stay away from party activities if their demand is not conceded

Kakinada: District Congress Committee (DCC) president Ch. Venugopala Krishna, Kakinada City MLA Dwarampudi Chandrasekhara Reddy, MLC K. Durgesh and other senior leaders conveyed the popular demand for anointment of Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy as chief minister, to Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president D. Srinivas during a teleconference on Friday. However, the conference ended abruptly without the agenda being taken up as ‘Jagan issue’ gobbled up the time.

A high drama preceded the teleconference as the Jagan supporters locked up the DCC office and denied entry to Mr. Venugopala Krishna and other office-bearers for about an hour, saying that they would not settle for anything except making of Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy as the chief minister.

Mr. Venugopala Krishna had to persuade the irate party workers to open the office to let him put forth their views to the PCC president and no sooner than the conference started, a few workers vent their anger against the delay in making Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy the Chief Minister.

They sought to know what prevented the Congress high command from making Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy as his father’s successor to the Chief Minister’s post.

Amidst the din, Mr. Venugopala Krishna told the PCC president that the support for Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy was very strong and the party workers were unwilling to extend their cooperation for the successful implementation of development and welfare schemes if their feelings were ignored.

The PCC president kept speaking about the membership and the Jagan supporters too did not deviate their own agenda. Some of them shouted slogans as a mark of solidarity to Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy and vowed to completely stay away from the party activities if their demand was not conceded. As the situation continued to be disturbing, the PCC president disconnected the phone and Mr. Venugopala Krishna tried in vain to contact him again while the pro-Jagan camp kept up their tempo.

MLA Chandrasekhara Reddy expressed the fear that Congress party would face similar situation as the one that prevailed in 1983 when internal squabbling in its ranks helped TDP score a substantial victory in Assembly elections. Not making Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy as the Chief Minister was tantamount to insulting Telugu pride, he observed.