Hyderabad: In a defiant response to the
Congress high command`s decision to give Rs one lakh to the
families of those who committed suicide in the wake of the
death of his father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, Congress MP Y S
Jagan Mohan Reddy today said consoling does not mean offering
mere financial assistance.
"As I said earlier, consoling the families does not
mean providing financial assistance. Financial assistance is a
part of consoling them. It is essential to meet them, share
their grief and provide moral support. That is our tradition
too. I had started my yatra as per that tradition," he said in
a statement issued here tonight.
Thanking party president Sonia Gandhi for the
financial assistance to the victims, he said the move gave a
relief to the party cadre and fans of YSR in the state.
He, however, said the financial assistance should have
been given to all of them who died by committing suicides or
died of shock while watching the news of the death of
Rajasekhara Reddy as "they all contributed to the party coming
to power in the state".
Highlighting that some senior leaders have tried to
show his yatra in a poor light, Jagan said he felt that the
need and honesty of the `Odarpu yatra` is recognised now with
the high command`s decision to offer financial assistance to
"If the party MPs, MLAs and other leaders join me in
the yatra, we can do a better service to the victims. That
would bring completeness to the endeavour. That would be a
fitting tribute to the great leader and it will also bring in
enthusiasm to the party rank and file," he said.
Ahead of the first death anniversary of Rajasekhara
Reddy on September two, the Congress high command yesterday
decided to give Rs one lakh to the kin of those who died
following his death.
The move is seen as an attempt to take the wind out of
sails of Jagan who has been defying the party high command
over undertaking the `Odarpu yatra`.