Jagan boarded the Falaknuma Express at 4 pm at the Secunderabad railway station as scores of his cheering followers saw him off. None of the Congress MLAs, considered close to the rebellious MP, came to the railway station to see Jagan off following his "instructions".
Earlier, Rosaiah made it clear that his Cabinet colleagues and party legislators should not join the tour as the Congress high command has not given a nod to it.
"Whether or not to take part in the yatra is an individual choice but if any minister, MLA or MLC indeed takes part in the yatra, it will be a clear violation of the high command," Rosaiah told reporters here.
He said some of his Cabinet colleagues, MLAs and MLCs had approached him seeking his counsel on their participation in the yatra. "I told them clearly that they should not participate in the yatra as it did not have the Congress high command's approval...If anyone violates this and takes part in the yatra, the party will deal with them appropriately."
However, D Sudheer Reddy, B Raji Reddy and K Srisailam Goud, all legislators from Hyderabad, and a few others from Jagan's native Kadapa district, met him at his residence here. Talking to reporters, they said Jagan's yatra would not amount to defying the high command as it was his personal tour to console the families of those who died following the death of his father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy last year.
The high command did not ask Jagan to abandon his plan to resume the tour, which was stopped following violent protests by pro-Telangana activists in May, they claimed.
Congress leader A Rambabu, considered close to Jagan, said the Kadapa MP would go ahead with his yatra as announced. Jagan would reach Ichapuram in Srikakulam district tomorrow to restart his journey. Notwithstanding party chief Sonia Gandhi's reservations, Jagan had on Monday announced his decision to resume his controversial yatra from July 8.
However, Congress yesterday asked the young MP not to go ahead with his plan and threatened him with disciplinary action if he disobeyed. "All true committed and loyal Congressmen must observe both the party dharma and Laxman rekha of propriety and party discipline," spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi had said.