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Minister for Minority Welfare threatens to quit politics if YSR’s son not made Chief Minister

KADAPA: Minister for Minority Welfare Mohd. Ahmedullah asserted on Saturday that he would quit politics if Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy did not succeed Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy as Chief Minister.

Recalling that he was a close aide of YSR and would ever be indebted to his family for giving him a political berth, Mr. Ahmedullah remarked ‘I don’t need politics if YSR’s son was not given prominence by naming him as Chief Minister’. Describing YSR as a role model, he told a press conference at the State guest house that his son would alone ensure continuance of YSR’s policies and schemes and complete pending projects.

He wondered what the hitch was when the Cabinet, Congress Legislature Party and majority of MLCs resolved to support Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy for the post of Chief Minister.

Pressure would be exerted on the party high command in support of YSR’s son, he maintained.

Asked about YSR’s helicopter crash, Mr. Ahmedullah admitted some delay in finding out the crash due to inclement weather and communication gap, but added that partymen were extremely concerned about their leader’s whereabouts. He garlanded YSR’s portrait and left by road for Renigunta to fly to Hyderabad.

Instability

Former Congress MLA Gone Prakash Rao on Saturday favoured Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy as Chief Minister and cautioned that Congress party might face instability of the sort witnessed between 1978 and 1983.

at a news conference at Kadapa Press Club. Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy’s candidature was being backed by majority of the MPs, MLAs and MLCs and hence keeping him at bay on grounds such as inexperience and young age would be unwise and pose problems for smooth governance, he stated.

Resignation threat

As many as 35 Congress municipal corporators in the 50-member Kadapa Municipal Corporation threatened to quit if Jagan was not made Chief Minister.

Congress corporators M.V.R. Prasad Reddy, Pavan Kumar, Paka Suresh, Bola Padmavathi and B. Ayyanna asserted that the high command should consider the aspirations of the party MPs, MLAs, MLCs and leaders and approve Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy’s succession.

Hunger strike

Congress Seva Dal leaders and activists launched relay hunger strike at several places in Kadapa town and other parts of the district on Saturday in support of their demand.

Seva Dal district vice-chairman H. Sudarshan Reddy, official spokesman D. Sriramulu, organising secretaries P. Narsimhulu and B. Lakshmidevamma (women wing) undertook relay fast opposite Kadapa DCCB Bank today. Congress ST Cell chairman Naik and others launched relay fast before the District Congress Committee office.

Rayachoti mandal president Polu Subba Reddy and DCC secretaries Madanmohan Reddy and Raja Reddy launched relay fast before the Tahsildar Office at Rayachoti. Former MLA G. Mohan Reddy inaugurated the relay fast camp.

Stating that YSR ensured welfare of all sections of people, farmers and women, they demanded Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy as Chief Minister for continuance of the schemes

Signature campaign

Nellore Staff Reporter adds:

Speaking to the newsmen hereon Saturday, city Congress incharge Poluboina Anil Kumar Yadav and PCC secretary Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy said the poor and downtrodden are in fear over the continuation the welfare schemes introduced by late Y.S.Rajashekara Reddy.

The party high command should consider the request being made by the party leaders in the state and announce Y.S.Jaganmohan Reddy as Chief Minister.

The party activists will collect signatures made with blood on a banner and send it to AICC president Sonia Gandhi urging to consider their appeal, they said.