In what is being perceived as a master-stroke intended to take the sting out of Kadapa MP YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s Odarpu Yatra in Prakasam district beginning Sept 3, the AICC has decided to observe YSR’s first death anniversary and extend financial help of Rs1 lakh to the kin of those who died of shock in the wake of the former chief minister’s sudden demise in a chopper crash on Sept 2 last year.
According to sources, the AICC, instead of taking action against Jagan for defying its directive not to go ahead with the yatra, appears to have decided to marginalise him. In fact, the Congress disciplinary committee was to meet this evening to discuss the Jagan issue but the meeting was cancelled at the last-minute and soon came the big announcement from Union Law Minister and party’s AP affairs incharge Veerappa Moily.
There is however, another school of thought, which says that the AICC, with its latest move, has in fact endorsed what Jagan has been doing all along!
“It is a victory for YSR’s son as he has forced the party to look at the issue from his point of view,” they argue.
Chief Minister K Rosaiah, who will be in Delhi on Tuesday ostensibly to support Sonia Gandhi’s candidature for re-election to the post of the party chief, is expected to discuss the implications of the latest situation with party big wigs.
YSR’s relative YV Subba Reddy, backbone of the Odarpu Yatra in Prakasam district, was caught unawares by the new development and said he would discuss the AICC decision with Jagan soon after the MP returns from Israel early Tuesday.