Loyalists rush to Jagan's side as arrest looms

Loyalists rush to Jagan's side as arrest looms

Even as the YSR Congress leader Jaganmohan Reddy spent the day at the CBI camp office on Friday, there were signs that his loyalists at the Congress party had no hesitations in openly supporting him virtually unconcerned by the prospect of disciplinary action by the ruling party.

It is also understood that the YSRCP is fast-tracking a plan to destabilise the government at the state and hasten its fall.

Rumours were rife that around 35 MLAs gave their consent to switch over to Jagan camp in the wake of his arrest.

Eluru MLA Alla Nani met Jagan and conveyed his regrets for staying away from him so long. In a sign of open affection, he hugged Jagan and stayed at his side until the son of late YSR was done with the CBI interrogation. Amalapuram MP Sabbam Hari also stayed with Jagan.

Both Congress legislatures are facing action from the party’s state committee, which is drafting the show cause notices. Asked about the imminent action, Sabbam Hari said the party has every right to take action on him.  “I will respond after I receive the show cause notice. But one thing I am sure of… there will be sweeping changes in the state political arena after the by-polls, “the Lok Sabha MP and Jagan loyalist said at the CBI camp office.

Another Congress MLA, RVSK Ranga Rao, who represent Bobbili in Vizianagaram district, met YSRCP President Vijayamma at Jagan’s Lotus Pond residence ignoring a personal phone call from Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy asking him not to do so.

A day before the CBI questioning, the younger brother of the late YSR and former state Agriculture Minister Y S  Vivekananda Reddy quit the Congress to join his nephew’s party.  Sources said that the YSRCP is changing its plans to destabilise the Congress government, as the exodus from the ruling party was not up to the expected levels.

They would now go ahead with implementing their plans after the by-elections.
The party hopes to garner 20 MLAs by May 29, a day after Jagan’s scheduled appearance at the CBI Court, by which time his fate would become clear.

Party leaders are also bullish at the prospect of gathering more Congress legislature after the by-poll in which YSRCP is expected to perform well.

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