AP bypolls: Congress launches open attack on Jagan

Congress in Andhra Pradesh stepped up the attack on Kadapa MP YS Jagan Mohan Reddy who has been critical of the state government.

Last Updated: Apr 08, 2012, 22:33 PM IST

Hyderabad: Bracing itself for a tough battle
in the ensuing bypolls to 18 assembly constituencies, the
ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday stepped up the attack
on Kadapa MP YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, who has been critical of
the state government.

Dismissing Jagan`s reported criticism that the Congress
would try to lure voters with money in the bypolls, state
Primary Education Minister S Sailajanath alleged that if
anyone had the "biggest money bag" it is the YSR Congress
party leader.

State Revenue Minister N Raghuveera Reddy alleged that
Jagan was attacking Congress because it did not make him chief
minister.

Another minister TG Venkatesh claimed that "a vote for
Jagan means a vote for division of the state" as he appeared
to have an understanding with separatist Telangana Rashtra
Samiti.

The criticism against Jagan came in the wake of Congress`
efforts in right earnest to put up an impressive show in the
bypolls. The party`s central leadership has reportedly gave
directive to the state leaders in this regard.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and PCC president
Botsa Satyanarayana held meetings with party MPs, MLAs and
other leaders yesterday on preparations for the hustings.

Congress MP Sarvey Satyanarayana and MLA G Veera Siva
Reddy yesterday trained their guns on even late chief minister
YS Rajasekhara Reddy.

"You cannot see YSR and Jagan separately," the MP said. Meanwhile, YSR Congress said the "policy decision taken by Congress not to spare YSR on corruption charges and attacking Jagan and his father with equal measure will spell doom to the ruling party".

PTI