Jagan downplays Chiranjeevi`s stature post merger with Cong
Hyderabad: Former Congress MP Y S Jagan
Mohan Reddy on Friday indicated that in his opinion actor-turned-
politician Chiranjeevi was not competition for him.
"Nielsen ORG-marg has come out with a survey....anybody
and everybody can actually see what is happening," he told
reporters here, when asked how he viewed Chiranjeevi being
projected as a Chief Ministerial candidate in the wake of his
Praja Rajyam Party merging with Congress.
The survey, conducted prior to the merger, predicted
majority for the party soon to be launched by Jagan if
Assembly elections were to be held.
Jagan said he would launch his party in the last week of
March at the family estate at Idupulapaya in native Kadapa
district and an auspicious date will be finalised to start the
Replying to a query, he said he had no problem with
anybody, including Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, and
that his concern was policies of the government.
Jagan was speaking at Indira Park here where he was on a
fast to mount pressure on the state government to release
funds for the tuition fees reimbursement scheme of the state
government, which was a pet scheme of late Y S Rajasekhara
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, he hit out at
the Kiran Kumar Reddy government for not clearing dues to the
tune of Rs 3,400 crore.
The government does not have the moral right to continue
in power as it is not releasing funds for a scheme that is
intended to benefit about 25 lakh students, he said.
"This government does not (even) deserve to be thrown
into the Bay of Bengal as sacred rivers like Ganga merge into
it," he said.
The dues in tuition fees reimbursement are to the tune
of Rs 3,500 crore. Professional colleges had threatened to
shut down following failure of talks with the government. The
government said it would release Rs 1,000 crore but the
colleges insisted on releasing at least 50 per cent of the
Meanwhile, Jagan`s 7-day fast, which started today, was
attended by about 19 MLAs. They are: N Prasanna Kumar Reddy,
Mekapati Chandrasekhar Reddy, Balanagi Reddy, Konda Surekha,
Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose, Srikant Reddy, Adinarayana Reddy,
Balineni Srinivasa Reddy, G Babu Rao, Ramachandra Reddy,
Katasani Rami Reddy, Amarnath Reddy, K Srinivasulu, Jayasudha,
K Bharati, Shobha Nagi Reddy, Kamalamma and P Ramachandra
Congress MP from Nellore Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy also
attended the fast.
Jagan’s earlier fast in Delhi was to highlight the
alleged adverse impact of the verdict of Krishna Water
Disputes Tribunal on the farmers of Andhra Pradesh; it was
attended by about 25 MLAs.