Cong MLA says Jagan be made party head in Andhra

Claiming that Congress in Andhra Pradesh lacked a charismatic leader like late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, a ruling party MLA today demanded that his son Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy be handed over the reins of the party.

Updated: Aug 03, 2010, 23:50 PM IST

Hyderabad: Claiming that Congress in
Andhra Pradesh lacked a charismatic leader like late Y S
Rajasekhara Reddy, a ruling party MLA today demanded that his
son Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy be handed over the reins of the
party.

"Congress in the state does not have a charismatic leader
like Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. It is only because of the welfare
schemes initiated by him that people voted for Congress in the
recent by elections. We are demanding that Y S Jagan Mohan
Reddy be given the party`s leadership in the state," Surekha,
a known loyalist of Jagan, told reporters.

The leadership "vacuum" was evident in the recent by
elections and the party would retain its popularity if Jagan
is made the leader, she said.

Surekha has written a letter to Congress president
Sonia Gandhi conveying her opinion.

She also alleged all known supporters of Jagan are being
sidelined in a systematic way.

Seeking to buttress her claim, she alleged Kusuma Kumari
has been sacked as Vice Chancellor of Sri Krishnadevaraya
University because her family is close to Jagan.

"Vice Chancellor Kusuma Kumari was removed because she
is the sister-in-law of Karunakar Reddy (a Congress leader
from Tirupati who is a loyalist of Jagan). All those who are
with Jagan are being sidelined systematically. Injustice was
done to state Congress general secretary Ambati Rambabu (who
was suspended from party for his critical remarks against
Chief Minister K Rosaiah) also," Surekha said.

The state government has sacked Kusuma Kumari following
allegations of corruption and irregularities against her.

Talking to reporters earlier in the day, state Higher
Education Minister D Sridhar Babu dismissed the allegations
levelled by Kusuma Kumari that action was taken against her
because of her family`s political background.

Kusuma Kumari was sacked as Vice Chancellor on the
basis of a report submitted by a retired judge who probed the
allegations against her, he asserted.

PTI