Jagan, Cong in war of words ahead of AP bypolls

A war of words has begun between the ruling Congress in AP and the supporters of former party MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy Jagan group even before the campaigning started for the bypolls to Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency.

Last Updated: Apr 04, 2011, 23:53 PM IST

Hyderabad: A war of words has begun between
the ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh and the supporters of
former party MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy Jagan group even before
the campaigning started for the bypolls to Kadapa Lok Sabha
constituency.

Jagan will contest from the Kadapa seat, while his mother
Vijayalakshmi is likely to be his YSR Congress Party`s nominee
in the bypolls scheduled to be held on May 8.

Taking exception to Jagan`s remarks that the bypolls will
be a contest between late YS Rajasekhara Reddy and Sonia
Gandhi, state Congress president D Srinivas said the late
chief minister would never have endorsed such comments.

"Rajasekhara Reddy was totally loyal to Congress. He
never thought of himself or family. He would support Congress
candidates though he is in a different world now," Srinivas
said.

At a programme in Kadapa district yesterday, Jagan had
said he quit Congress for self-respect and that the bypoll
would be a fight between Sonia Gandhi and late YSR.

The bypolls have been necessitated as Jagan and his
mother quit as MP and MLA from Kadapa and Pulivendula
constituencies respectively.

PTI