Congress rules out Jagan as Chief Minister of AP

Pacification inevitable as number of YSR loyalists too big


While as yet there is no overt indication of an alternate post for Jagan in the light of the wave of support for his candidature, party sources here believe that pacification is inevitable. Otherwise, there will be trouble for the party. Even if Jagan prevails over his supporters to lie low for the present, they are bound to assert themselves, making things unpleasant for the incumbent. The number of YSR loyalists among the MLAs is too big for any CM to be comfortable in his seat for long.

Meanwhile, political differences were set aside at an all-party condolence meeting organised by the government for YSR as leader after leader of the entire political spectrum praised YSR and his contribution to the State. Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu recalled how they were good friends, having started their political careers almost simultaneously in Congress. “We had common concerns that is people’s welfare. Our differences were political, but personally we were friends,” he said, adding he still hadn’t reconciled to his death.

K Chiranjeevi, president of the Praja Rajyam Party in an emotional speech recalled that YSR was a warm, genuine, cordial and friendly person. He did not stand on formality and was a man of masses. “I admired him..he was a mine of information for newcomers like me..it was an education to see him conduct himself in the Assembly,” he said. “God has been unkind in taking him away,” he said.

PCC president D Srinivas said the State had not seen a leader like YSR. His determination was unusual and the unbelievable 1,500 km padayatra he undertook had taken him to the league of national personalities.

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