As expected, Chief Minister K Rosaiah and APCC president D Srinivas on Monday were said to have reported to party president Sonia Gandhi remarks made by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy campers that they would even challenge her if welfare schemes launched by the late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy were not implemented to their boss’ liking. meetings in New Delhi, the Chief Minister replied in the negative when asked if he had specifically discussed Jagan’s political activities with Sonia Gandhi.
According to sources, however, Rosaiah and Srinivas also passed on claims made by the three Jaganites – C Adinarayana Reddy, G Srikanth Reddy and B Gurunath Reddy – that they had won the elections on their own and not due to Congress karma.
Rosaiah refused to discuss with the media the import of his talks with Sonia, but indicated the line of his thinking. He made it clear that no one in the Congress could cross the lakshman rekha of discipline and such matters should stop forthwith. Srinivas too, who was angry with the Jaganite MLAs, said last night that the high command knew about their impudent remarks without him having to supply the information and that very serious action awaited them.
As is politic in state politics, the Chief Minister’s direct references to Jagan were all sweet. ‘‘I have no differences of opinion with Jagan,’’ he said. ‘‘He is like my son. He is in fact younger than my youngest son.
So there may be some age gap. His perception may be different from that of mine.’’ And then, he spoke like an uncle. Rosaiah said, ‘‘Jagan can run long distance and jump over a fence. He is young. How can you expect me to do such things at this age. How can I compete with him?’’ On Jagan’s Odarpu Yatra to Warangal, set for May 28, Rosaiah said the MP was free to tour whichever part of the state he wanted to. When queried about the opposition to the tour from locals and the security threat perceptions, the Chief Minister said security would be provided by the district administration and the local police.
‘‘I am not saying whether he should go or not go.
Jagan has to make his own tour plans. He is free to take his own decisions,’’ he said.