AP Congress` dilemma: To blame YSR or not

Last Updated: Monday, April 9, 2012 - 17:40

Hyderabad: The ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh on Monday appeared to be distancing itself from the corruption allegations surrounding the tenure of the late chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy.

YSR`s son and Kadapa MP, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, is facing corruption cases.

"I have already said that ministers (of the YSR cabinet) have to take collective responsibility for cabinet decisions. But no one needs to take the responsibility if any behind-the-scene activity had taken place. An inquiry (by CBI) is on, and the truth will come out," state Congress president Botsa Satyanarayana told reporters here today.

He was replying to questions on the recent comments by some party leaders that Rajasekhara Reddy can not escape the blame in connection with allegations involving Jagan.

He evaded a direct reply when asked whether he saw the former Congress chief minister as corrupt. The truth would come out in the inquiry, and nothing could be attributed to anyone now, he said.

To another question, the state Congress president said that Rajasekhara Reddy was a product of Congress, and Jagan did not inherit the political legacy of his father.

The debate as to whether to blame Rajasekhara Reddy or not has started within Congress of late, with some leaders suggesting that allegations against Jagan cannot be seen in isolation.

Satyanarayana would be touring Kadapa for two days from tomorrow to review preparation for the coming bypolls to 18 Assembly seats.

The bypolls at 16 constituencies became necessary as the sitting Congress MLAs were disqualified by the Assembly Speaker for switching loyalty to Jagan and voting against the Congress government during a floor test last December.

The sitting member quit in support of the Kadapa MP in one constituency, while another seat became vacant when actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi quit as MLA following his election to the Rajya Sabha.

Congress drew a blank in the recent bypolls to seven Assembly constituencies in the state.

The YSR Congress said yesterday that "policy decision taken by Congress not to spare YSR on corruption charges will spell doom of the ruling party".

"The true colours of Congress are in the open now and its strategy of trying to project YSR as a corrupt leader will boomerang and the Congress will be swept away in the ensuing bypolls which will pave way for mid-term polls," YSR Congress spokesperson Ambati Rambabu had said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, April 9, 2012 - 17:40

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