Jagan regrets suspension of close aide Rambabu from Congress

Congress MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy today regretted the suspension of his close aide Ambati Rambabu from the organisation by the party leadership, while his detractors welcomed the suspension.

Updated: Jul 19, 2010, 00:20 AM IST

Rajahmundry/Hyderabad: Congress MP Y S Jagan
Mohan Reddy today regretted the suspension of his close aide
Ambati Rambabu from the organisation by the party leadership,
while his detractors welcomed the suspension.

"Ambati Rambabu walked with my father for 1,500 km during
his `padayatra` (before 2004 elections). It is because of the
work done by activists like him that Congress won Assembly
elections twice. I am pained by Rambabu`s suspension. It hurt
me a lot. I cannot speak more than this. Everybody knows the
things that are happening," he said.

When asked if he would speak to the high command
regarding the suspension of Rambabu, Jagan said he would do
whatever he can (to get it revoked).

Asked if he saw the suspension as an indirect warning to
him, he said, "Warning for what? What mistake I am doing to be
warned? God is there and I have the blessings of my father."

Jagan was speaking to reporters in East Godavari district
on the 7th day of his controversial yatra.

Congress last night suspended Rambabu, a general
secretary of state Congress, on the charge of indulging in
anti-party activities.

A statement from AICC in-charge of Andhra Pradesh M
Veerappa Moily said Ramababu has been suspended with
"immediate effect for his anti-party activities and making
anti-party statements".

It was Rambabu`s outburst against Chief Minister K
Rosaiah that provoked the high command to act against him.
Rambabu has maintained that he has not received any
official communication regarding his suspension.

"I came to know from the media and friends that I have
been suspended from the party. I have not received any
communication from AICC general secretary, in-charge of party
affairs in AP M Veerappa Moily or state Congress leadership or
any other responsible person. I can only respond to it after
finding out the truth," he said.

Rambabu said he was surprised about the reports of his
suspension as the disciplinary committee of APCC gave him time
till July 31 to respond to the charges made against him.

Meanwhile, the decision of Rambabu`s suspension evoked a
mixed response from party leaders.

Several MLAs of the Jagan camp like Konda Surekha and D
Chandrasekhar Reddy found fault with the party leadership`s
decision to suspend Rambabu.

"Even a person who is going to be hanged is given a
chance to explain his position. So, I feel the suspension of
Rambabu is not correct," Konda Surekha said.

Several other lower-rung leaders of the Jagan camp also
said the suspension of Rambabu is not fair.

Social Welfare Minister P Subhash Chandra Bose, who took
part in Jagan`s yatra in his native East Godavari district,
described Rambabu`s suspension as a family dispute.

Meanwhile, Congress MPs Madhu Yashki Goud, Sarvey
Satyanarayana and V Hanumantha Rao, said suspension was
inevitable if party discipline was violated.

"Rambabu is not such a big leader to be discussed. A
young leader like Jagan is being misled. There are no
different factions in Congress. There is only Sonia faction in
Congress. This suspension is an appropriate decision," Goud
said.

PTI