'Decision on successor next week'

'Decision on successor next week'

Fielding Union minister and party’s Andhra Pradesh in charge M Veerappa Moily to make its stand clear on the matter, the party asserted that “it is not proper to raise the issue of leadership during the mourning period”.

Moily told reporters that the high command would consult all sections of the APCC before taking a final decision on the issue. He clarified that “nothing will happen without consulting the Congress Legislature Party (CLP)”. Moily, along with Union minister of state Prithviraj Chavan, who were rushed to Hyderabad in the wake of reports of YSR’s chopper missing, has already given a detailed account of the developments in the party and in the AP Congress Legislature Party, to the high command.

Asked about the state leaders pressurising the high command in favour of Jaganmohan Reddy for the chief ministership, AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh, who was earlier AP in charge, said these decisions cannot be taken in a hurry.

“We realise that there is a spontaneous demand to make him the CM and it is a sponsored one. The party high command will take a view on this but in a hurry.”
Privately, the high command has told the lobbyists for YSR’s son that it was not proper to pressurise the central leadership of the party to make him the CM. “It may even be counterproductive and may serve no good to Jagan. We have informed his supporters of this,” senior Congress leaders, dismayed over the open lobbying by YSR supporters for Jagan’s candidature, told Deccan Herald.

Congress leaders here were clearly unhappy over the hasty steps taken by Jagan supporters who were going ahead to hold a meeting of the CLP in Hyderabad on Saturday. They were curtly told that no CLP meeting should be held. After this, the supporters wanted to hold an informal meeting of the CLP. This proposal was also shot down, Congress sources here added.

The battle for succession could intensify once the mourning period is over. Planeloads of supporters of Jagan as well as factional leaders of the Andhra Congress unit are likely to land in Delhi with their claims.

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