First-timers raise pitch in support of Jagan

Meeting held in the office of a Government Whip

Meeting faults party seniors like K. Keshava Rao for issuing statements against YSR and his son

Eight Ministers, 19 MLAs, several other former Ministers and party leaders call on Jagan

HYDERABAD: In a significant development, over a dozen first-time legislators, owing allegiance to former Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy held a meeting to raise the pitch of their campaign in support of Kadapa MP Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy.

The meeting said to be held in the office of a Government Whip took stock of the political situation and the delay in Central leadership’s consultation with Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy.

The meeting reportedly faulted party seniors like K. Keshava Rao for issuing statements against the former Chief Minister and his son.

Interim head

Medchal legislator K. Laxma Reddy, who spoke to reporters later, asserted that Chief Minister K.Rosaiah was an interim head of the government.

“He has himself said this”, he claimed and pointed out that all the 73 first-timers in the Congress were in favour of Mr. Jagan.

“In our wish to see Mr. Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Minister in 2014, we want Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy to be made the Chief Minister,” he added. Another legislator D. Chandrasekhara Reddy went a step further and asserted that he would not enter the Assembly until Mr. Jagan was made the Chief Minister.

He found fault with the handling of the flood situation stating the though Mr. Rosaiah was experienced, he could not tackle the crisis effectively.

Activity in the pro-YSR camp gained momentum as a steady stream of visitors including eight Ministers, 19 legislators and several other former Ministers and party leaders called on the MP on Tuesday.

Two Ministers – Konda Surekha and D. Manikya Varaprasad – asserted that they were in favour of Mr. Jagan.

However, former Minister J. C. Diwakar Reddy did not attach much importance to the renewed demand to make Mr Jagan as the Chief Minister.

“The Congress is a national party with rich experience and would take appropriate decision. Final decision would be taken by the party chief after a patient hearing to all suggestions,” he noted.

‘No differences’

Minister for Municipal Administration Anam Ramnarayan Reddy dismissed the speculation about possible split in the ruling party and asserted that there were no differences within the party.

Meanwhile, P. Shankar Rao, Congress MLA, drew flak from fellow legislators - Pulla Padmavati, Rajesh and Srinivasulu – for his remarks against the Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy.

They accused him of trying to please Mr. Rosaiah with an eye on the Cabinet Minister’s post.

Ms. Konda Surekha wanted such leaders to quit their posts and win elections on the basis of their own image.