Jagan to join united AP agitation

Last Updated 26 September 2013, 20:04 IST

After a series of brainstorming sessions with party MLAs and workers, YSR Congress (YSRC) chief and Kadapa MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy has decided to join the Samaikyandhra agitation.

On Thursday, he sought permission from the special CBI court to visit Kadapa and Guntur districts in the first week of October.

Jagan filed a petition seeking permission to visit Idupulapaya in Kadapa district from Oct 1-2, and to tour Guntur on October 4. The CBI court, which granted him conditional bail on Tuesday, has directed him not to leave Hyderabad without permission.

Jagan will visit the grave of his father and former chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy at Idupulapaya before embarking on his tour.

He is likely to address a rally at Pulivendula before starting the campaign against the Congress party’s decision to bifurcate the state.  He also plans to address another rally at Guntur in support of the Samaikyandhra movement.

In the wake of Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy’s resistance to follow the high command’s decision, the Center it seems will depend on Jagan to pave way for a smooth and violent free bifurcation. “Jagan will take centre stage in AP affairs to strike a deal on Hyderabad for Seemandhra agitators,” said senior Congress leader Palvai Goverdhan Reddy.

There is all round opposition towards the chief minister after a recent TV interview where he said, “All would resign later after defeating the Telangana Bill in the Assembly.” The Telangana leaders have demanded his dismissal.

On the other hand, Seemandhra ministers said Reddy had become a stumbling block in the campaign and has been stalling others resignations.

A disillusioned Animal Husbandry Minister P Viswaroop drove directly to Raj Bhavan and tendered his resignation on Thursday even as the chief minister tried to stall him.
YSRC party MLAs said they would urge Speaker N Manohar on Friday not to accept their resignations till the state government introduces a pro-unification resolution.

(Published 26 September 2013, 20:04 IST)

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