I`m not at anyone`s mercy: Andhra CM to Jagan

AP CM Kiran Reddy virtually dared former Congress MP S Jaganmohan Reddy to pull down his govt.

Last Updated: Jan 23, 2011, 00:35 AM IST

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister
N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Saturday virtually dared former Congress MP S
Jaganmohan Reddy to pull down his government, bluntly telling
him that he was not at his mercy.

"No one is at anyone`s mercy here. I`m not at
anybody`s mercy. Everyone who is here are at the mercy of
Congress party," he told a press conference here when asked about Jagan`s boast that the Chief Minister was surviving due to his mercy.

Jagan had told the media here recently that he was doing
a great favour to the Congress. "As I`m a gentleman, your
(Kiran Kumar`s) government is surviving. Had I told my MLAs to
break away from Congress, your government would have collapsed
long ago".

Dismissing allegations from Jagan, the Chief Minister
said "no injustice from Congress party has ever been done to
him or his family."

"We are very clear that madam (Sonia) Gandhi has got a
very special place and liking towards (the late) Rajasekhar
Reddy and she has encouraged Rajasekhar Reddy. That is the
reason for his growth as the leader in the state."

Attacking Jagan, the Chief Minister, who met Gandhi
today, said those people who are now talking have never been
in politics nor have they helped Rajasekhar Reddy to win any
election anywhere or Congress party.

"It is their entry into politics a year or two years
back and we are the people here from the Congress party...the
leaders here... we have been working with Rajasekhar Reddy for
last 20 (to) 30 years," the Chief Minister said.

He reminded Jagan that Rajasekhar Reddy became the
chief minister on both the occasions as the Congress
Legislative Party had authorized Sonia Gandhi to select the
CLP leader.

"So, if anyone is indebted to the Congress high
command or Sonia Gandhiji or Congress party, it is Rajasekhar
Reddy and the family of Rajasekhar Reddy (should be indebted
towards Congress party)," Reddy said.

It is because of Congress that Rajasekhar Reddy has
become a "tall" leader not only in the state but in the
country, the Chief Minister said.

Besides he reminded Jagan, who quit Congress as also
the Lok Sabha seat recently, that though his late father
had differences he had never challenged the authority of the
Congress high command. Seeking to project Jagan in a poor light, Reddy said
"what is the service of anyone to Congress party? His (Jagan)
service to the party is for one year. That is from 2009
elections."

"There are people elected from 72. I am MLA from
89...last 20 years. So, Congress has not done any injustice to
anyone. ..... Congress has given MP ticket to Jagan...made
madam Mrs Reddy as MLA......Other brother, who is a minister
now, was made MLC...previous time, he was the MP from Kadapa,"
he said.

The Chief Minister admitted as "embarrassing" the
participation of party MLAs and MPs during a dharna in Delhi
organised by Jagan and told them that it was "not morally
right" for them to do so.

He hoped the "virtue" of moral conduct would prevail on
the MLAs and MPs in future.

PTI