Jagan battles two-pronged attack from Cong, TDP

YSR Congress Party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy faces attack from two rival fronts -- from Andhra Pradesh`s ruling Congress and main opposition TDP.

Last Updated: Jan 02, 2012, 20:47 PM IST

Hyderabad: YSR Congress Party president Y S
Jaganmohan Reddy faces attack from two rival fronts--from
Andhra Pradesh`s ruling Congress and main opposition Telugu
Desam Party at a time when 7 Assembly assembly bypolls are
lined up and another 17 could face byelections soon.

By announcing that his party would not field its
candidates in six Telangana constituencies, where sitting MLAs
quit demanding creation of a separate state, Jagan gave fresh
ammunition to Congress and TDP to accuse him of having a tacit understanding with Telangana Rashtra Samiti.
Congress and TDP are keen on raising their pitch against
Jagan if and when by-elections take place to the 17 seats in
Andhra-Rayalaseema regions and project him as a separatist,
unlike his late father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy who stood for a
unified state.

Jagan’s alleged support for Telangana statehood cause has angered the pro-unified groups in Andhra-Rayalaseema
regions who vowed to decimate the YSR Congress if it did not
reverse its stand.

For long, there has been talk that Jagan has entered into
a tacit understanding with TRS to gain a foothold in Telangana
region as well though the YSR Congress party did not clearly
spell out whether it is in favour of a separate state.
Jagan, his confidants say, is expected to react to the
opposition campaign only after the (by-poll) battle lines are
drawn.

PTI