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T-decision to stem Jagan's popularity, says Vijayamma

Sagar Kulkarni, New Delhi: Aug 29, 2013, DH News Service
Jaganmohan Reddy

The YSR Congress led by Jaganmohan Reddy on Wednesday claimed that the Centre had decided to form Telangana state because the Congress was wary of Jagan’s growing popularity.

“The Congress divided Andhra Pradesh because they felt Jagan would sweep the state. If our popularity was on a decline, there would have been no need for such a decision,” Y S Vijayamma, honorary president of the YSR Congress, told Deccan Herald.

Vijayamma, who staged a sit-in, said the Congress decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh had created a rift between people of the Seemandhra and the Telangana regions.  “The Congress wants to win 17 seats in the Telangana region. Otherwise, where was the need to divide the state,” she asked.

She also ruled out any alliance with the BJP in the upcoming elections but was noncommittal about a post-poll alliance with the Congress. “We are not going to have any truck with the BJP,” said Vijayamma.

The YSR Congress, floated after the death of former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, will contest all 294 seats in the Assembly elections and field candidates in all 42 Lok Sabha constituencies.

“The question is hypothetical. There is no need to apply mind to it now. We will take an appropriate decision at an appropriate time based on the situation, based on the interests of the country and the state,” Vijayamma said on a post-poll alliance with the Congress.

She claimed that the YSR Congress would play a leading role in the post-poll scenario in Andhra Pradesh.

The YSRC leaders believe that the Congress will perform miserably in the state elections. They were of the view that the Congress should have first settled contentious issues like sharing of water, power, assets and liabilities and most importantly, the status of Hyderabad.

Vijayamma was confident that her son Jagan would be out of jail soon and form the next government in Andhra Pradesh.


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