Jagan to continue tour; will Cong MLAs attend?

Hyderabad: Acting tough on rebellious Congress MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy over his controversial yatra, the Congress high command on Friday asked party MLAs not to join the young leader in his tour of Prakasam district scheduled to begin next month.

The Jagan camp has, however, made it clear that the ‘Odarpu (consolation) Yatra’ would continue.

"Ahmed Patel (Political Secretary of Congress President Sonia Gandhi) told us not to participate in the yatra. We will discuss the matter with our activists in my constituency and take a decision," Congress MLA from Prakasam district Ugranarasimha Reddy told reporters here.

Reddy and several other MLAs from the district met Patel in New Delhi yesterday. G Ravi Kumar, another Congress legislator from Prakasam district who also met Patel, expressed similar views.

Jagan plans to undertake the third phase of his yatra in Prakasam district from September 3, a day after his father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s first death anniversary.

Chief Minister K Rosaiah is believed to have conveyed the high command’s stand on the yatra to Mines Minister B Srinivas Reddy, who is making arrangements for the tour in Prakasam.

But the minister, a close relative of Jagan, told reporters that he would participate in the yatra because of his family ties.

"Jagan’s yatra would definitely happen. We will be definitely participating in the yatra because of our association and relationship with late Rajasekhara Reddy," Srinivas Reddy said.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development D Purandeswari reportedly said in Delhi that Sonia Gandhi had wanted that the kin of those who died following Rajasekhara Reddy’s death be consoled and given financial assistance after calling them at respective district headquarters.

The 38-year-old Kadappa MP has undertaken the yatra, to console those who died of shock or committed suicide after his father’s death last year, in two phases earlier despite party high command’s reservation over the matter. (PTI)


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