Hyderabad: Amid speculation that Congress
will neutralise the Jagan camp by accomodating some of his
loyalists in the new Andhra Pradesh cabinet, the rebel Kadapa
MP may find the going tough.
For the 38-year-old son of former Chief Minister Y S R
Reddy, who has been aspiring to become the CM, the increasing
isolation may push him into breaking away from Congress and
forming a new party, political analysts feel.
His uncle and member of Legislative Council, Y S
Vivekananda Reddy, YSR`s brother, has rubbed salt to
Jaganmohan Reddy`s injury by offering to "patch up" the
strained relationship between his nephew and the Congress high
command by "expressing our regret over the episodes telecast
on Sakshi television channel."
The channel, owned by Jagan, raised the hackles of the
party leadership by targeting Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi.
Vivekananda`s move has only left a defiant Jagan more
embarrassed even as his camp tried to do some damage control
by announcing that their leader had done nothing wrong that
warranted any explanation to the high command.
By distancing itself from Vivekananda`s statement, his
camp desperately sought to send a message that Jagan would not
buckle under presure.
Vivekananda today met Sonia in Delhi and is understood to
have discussed the political situation in Andhra Pradesh
arising out of the rebellious attitude of Jagan.
Jagan will have wait till Wednesday to make up his mind
on whether or not to continue in the Congress party, what with
the constitution of the state Council of Ministers likely to
happen only that day.
He is anxiously awaiting the formation of the state
Cabinet to assess his standing in the scheme of things in the
Congress and chalk out his future path, his supporters say.
One of his close followers and former minister Pilli
Subhash Chandra Bose claimed he would not join Kiran Kumar
Reddy`s Cabinet after it became clear that he would face the
axe for having defied the party high command, along with
another former minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy, on the
Odarpu Yatra issue.
The Congress high command is also keeping Jagan on
tenterhooks by not showing any hurry in taking action against
him for targeting the party leadership through his media.