Hyderabad: Notwithstanding the Congress
high command`s warning of disciplinary action, a defiant Y S
Jaganmohan Reddy has decided to go ahead with his
controversial `Odarpu` yatra in Andhra Pradesh`s Prakasam
district on September 3.
Jagan will embark on the third phase of his yatra,
which has invited the wrath of the high command and Chief
Minister K Rosaiah, on September 3, a day after the first
death anniversary of his father and former Chief Minister Y S
"He is going to go ahead with the yatra on September 3
as decided," Ambatti Rambabu, suspended General Secretary of
the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee and Jagan`s close aide,
Rambabu, who was suspended for his statements against
Rosaiah, claimed that Jagan has not received any communication
from the High Command asking him to call off the yatra.
Jagan, a known critic of Rosaiah, had launched his
Odarpu yatra in April to meet the families of those who either
allegedly committed suicide or died of shock after hearing the
death of his father in a chopper crash in the thick Nallamalai
forests in Kurnool district on September 2, 2009.
Mining Minister Srinivas Reddy, who is a relative of
Jagan, said the yatra would go ahead as planned and people in
the area have been asking lawmakers to participate in the
yatra "as they were elected to the assembly because of YSR."
The 38-year-old Jagan, first time MP from Kadapa, has
been in the news ever since he defied the party High Command
and went ahead with the yatra in the sensitive Telangana
region on May 28.
However, he had to abandon the tour after violence
erupted in Mahabubnagar railway station from where he was to
begin his yatra.
Later, Jagan met Sonia Gandhi along with his mother Y
S Vijayalaxmi, MLA from the family pocket borough of
Pulivendula in Kadapa district, during which the Congress
chief adviced him against the yatra. She had asked him to call
all the victims to one place and console them.
But, a defiant Jagan launched the second phase of his
yatra on July 8 on the 61th birth anniversary of his father
Jagan`s camp maintains that this is his personal tour
and has nothing to do with politics, but Congress refuses to
subscribe to the version.
The Congress leadership sees Jagan`s yatra as an
attempt by the young MP to mobilize the support of legislators
to topple the Rosaiah government.
Andhra Pradesh is one of the biggest states where
Congress is in power on its own and the good showing there has
helped the party to return to power at the Centre in 2004 and