Jagan in jail, mother to hit campaign trail
Hyderabad: With her son Jaganmohan Reddy lodged in the Chanchalguda Central Prison, the young Kadapa MP’s mother Vijayamma will kick off her party YSR Congress’ bypoll campaign in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday.
Jagan`s mother and MLA Y S Vijaya and his family members (including wife Bharati, sister Sharmila and brother-in-law Anil Kumar), besides his financial adviser and another accused in the case V Vijay Sai Reddy (now out on bail) met the YSR Congress chief in the jail yesterday.
The family members of Jagan, who has been arrested by the CBI and sent to 14-days judicial custody in case related to disproportionate assets, have been sitting on dharna accusing the probe agency of a witchhunt in order to prevent the YSR chief from campaigning for the bypolls.
The bypolls are scheduled to take place on June 12.
As per reports, Vijayamma will begin her campaign from Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.
Kadapa MP’s mother had earlier requested Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi to direct CBI to release her son in larger interest of democracy and sought holding of free and fair elections in Andhra Pradesh.
In a letter addressed to Quraishi, Vijaya alleged her son was arrested just days before the June 12 bypolls as part of a larger conspiracy to deprive his participation in the election with the sole aim of helping the ruling Congress candidates.
Reacting to the letter, Andhra Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwar Lal said the Election Commission will take a call on the issue.
In her letter, Vijaya said, "I am writing this letter with great hope that you would kindly intervene (in the matter)...CBI has arrested him (Jagan) on May 27, just 15 days before the by-elections (in the 18 Assembly segments and one Lok Sabha seat in Andhra Pradesh)...This is part of a larger conspiracy to deprive his participation in the elections with the sole objective of helping the ruling Congress candidates."
"They have waited for waited for 270-odd days; they can wait for another 15 days, particularly when there is no possibility whatsoever for tampering with evidence," she said.
"The CBI did not summon Jagan for almost 270 days after filing the FIR. They could have arrested him at any time after the filing of FIR. But, they did not do so," the wife of former Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy maintained.
Meanwhile, a team of Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials from Delhi also arrived in Hyderabad yesterday to approach a local court for questioning Jagan who has been arrested by the CBI in a disproportionate assets case.
The ED wants to question 39-year-old Reddy, who was sent to a jail on Monday after being remanded in two weeks of judicial custody by a CBI court, with regard to financial dealings in various firms run by him and other investments he and his companies allegedly made overseas.
The CBI`s first charge sheet in the case was against Reddy and 12 others and had accused him of getting investments worth several crores from various business firms into his businesses as part of quid-pro-quo when his father, late YS Rajasekhara Reddy, was the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. The CBI has filed three chargesheets in the case till now.
With PTI Input
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