Congmen loyal to CM question Jagan`s controversial yatra

The war of words between Congress MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and leaders loyal to the high command and Chief Minister intensified today with the latter questioning the way the young MP was conducting his controversial yatra.

Last Updated: Jul 12, 2010, 19:24 PM IST

Hyderabad: The war of words between
Congress MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and leaders loyal to the
high command and Chief Minister K Rosaiah intensified today
with the latter questioning the way the young MP was
conducting his controversial yatra.

"The `Odarpu Yatra` is a farce. The real motive of the
tour has come out. Why should he (Jagan) say that MPs and MLAs
are prevented from joining his yatra, when he has said clearly
that it is a personal yatra. Congress has a solid vote bank.
Whoever tours, people would come. If he has the ability, he
should come out of the party and prove himself," Madhu Yashki
Goud, Congress MP from Nizamabad, said in Delhi.

Slamming Jagan for his attack on the Chief Minister,
Goud said the Kadapa MP should not forget that Rosaiah never
sought the Chief Minister`s post.

P Shankar Rao, Congress MLA from Secunderabad Cantonment,
said it is high time Jagan followed the high command`s
directives.

On the last day of his four-day tour in Srikakulam
district yesterday, Jagan hit out at Rosaiah about his eyeing
the CM`s post.

"Rosaiah reportedly said that I am in a hurry to become
the Chief Minister. I am asking you, am I here to console or
to ask for chief minister`s post? I have come here to console.
I do not understand why there is worry about the chief
minister`s post. I think we should be ashamed of this
politics," Jagan said.

Earlier, Jagan`s remarks that MLAs were being prevented
from joining his yatra attracted sharp criticism from several
senior Congress leaders.

"Jaganmohan Reddy has clearly stated in his open letter
that the yatra is a personal and non-political tour. Then what
is the need for MLAs, MLCs or any political leaders to join
the yatra? Why this debate at all", N Tulasi Reddy, state
Congress spokesperson, asked.

Meanwhile, the MLA today started his yatra in East
Godavari district in coastal Andhra Pradesh after offering
prayers at the famous temple of Lord Satyanarayana at
Annavaram in the district.

PTI