Jaganmohan Reddy continues to send confusing signals on his controversial Odarpu yatra. A day after dropping hints that he would defer the yatra, the Kadapa MP looked set for another confrontation with the party high command by stating that he would continue with the tour.
“Who said that I wouldn’t continue with the yatra,” he told reporters in Anantapur on Sunday. He, however, did not reveal whether he would go ahead with the tour in Srikakulam district from June 8 as scheduled. Jagan was in Anantapur to attend the marriage of former Congress MLA B Narayana Reddy’s son in the morning.
While the change in Jagan’s approach clearly points to his stubborn stand, several ministers, MLAs and other leaders, who met him in the last few days, were understood to have told him not to defy the high command. It remains to be seen whether Jagan would still go ahead after the high command reiterated its disapproval.
Agriculture minister Raghuveera Reddy, who was present at the marriage, said Jagan would go ahead with the yatra with the “blessings” of the high command. “There is some communication gap with the high command. It would be sorted out soon and Jagan would undertake the yatra with the high command’s approval,” he said.
Raghuveera said there was no question of Jagan defying the high command as the yatra was meant to console the family members of those who allegedly committed suicide or died of shock following the death of his father, former CM Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.