Hyderabad: Congress MP Y S Jagan Mohan
Reddy`s comments that MLAs and other public representatives
are not allowed to join his yatra have attracted sharp
criticism from several senior party leaders today.
"Jagan Mohan Reddy has clearly stated in his open letter
that the `Odarpu yatra` is a personal and non-political tour.
Then what is the need for MLAs, MLCs or any political leaders
to join the yatra? Why this debate at all"," N Tulasi Reddy,
state Congress spokesperson, told reporters.
"We are not ready to accept if he says that politics in
the state or the government have gone to the nadir after the
death of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy," P Venkata Rao, MLC and
another spokesperson, said.
AICC secretary P Sudhakar Reddy said Jagan should
Health Minister D Nagender said it is not correct to
say that Congress leadership has stopped the legislators from
taking part in Jagan`s yatra.
"It is not correct to say that MLAs have been stopped.
We should all follow the directives of the high command. It is
not proper for me to comment on a matter that is being looked
at by the high command," he said.
Senior leader and Rajya Sabha member V Hanumantha Rao
said party will have to take disciplinary action against any
leader, howsoever big he may be.
"Former Union Minister K Natwar Singh was close to the
party leadership. But, action was taken against him when the
situation warranted," he said.
Another senior leader Palvai Govardhan Reddy said the
`Odarpu yatra` of Jagan would not benefit the Congress.
Rejecting the comments of the senior leaders, former
MLA B Govardhan, a Jagan supporter, observed the seniors were
speaking like TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu.
"They are talking about the assets of Jagan. This is
like Chandrababu Naidu speaking," he said.