Jagan to contest LS seat, no intension of destabilising govt
YS Jaganmohan Reddy has revolted against the Congress leadership.
New Delhi: YS Jaganmohan Reddy, who has
revolted against the Congress leadership, intends to seek
re-election from Kadapa Lok Sabha seat and says he is not keen
on destabilising the Congress Government in Andhra Pradesh.
The son of late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy
says he has fast-tracked the process to register and launch
his new political party before the by-elections for Kadapa and
Pulivendula assembly constituencies are announced.
Both seats were vacated by him and his mother
Vijayalaxmi after they quit Congress on November 29 last year
alleging "humiliation" by the party high command.
Jagan claimed that he has no intention to destabilise
the Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy Government in Andhra Pradesh as
he is preparing to face the Assembly elections in 2014.
"I will seek re-election from Kadapa Lok Sabha seat,"
he said to a news agency in an interview.
He was asked about his future plans and whether he
intends to contest from Pulivendula Assembly seat, which his
father had represented when he was the Chief Minister.
"I don`t want to be in the state assembly right now.
If I am there, they (Congress) will say I am there to
destabilise the Government. I don`t want that. My focus in on
2014," he said.
"I alone cannot do anything in the Assembly. I am
waiting for 2014. That is my goal," he said.
After Jagan quit Congress, there was intense
speculation that he would contest from Pulivendula.
He also dismissed suggestions that he plans to
dislodge the Congress Government in the state by luring MLAs,
saying, "If I had to, I would have done it in 2009 when 150
MLAs supported me (for the Chief Ministership)."
"Why would I do that now? My focus now is on 2014," he
Asked why he intends to go to Lok Sabha again, he said
"it makes more sense to seek a larger mandate from 10 lakh
people to enter Lok Sabha rather than seeking the mandate of 2
"Lok Sabha is a larger mandate. But, my focus would be
state politics and I will be on the move visiting people
across Andhra Pradesh," Jagan, whose 48-hour fast to highlight
farmers` plight saw the participation of 20 Congress MLAs,
Asked about the plans to launch his political party,
he said the process to register the outfit has already started
and the Election Commission will be approached soon in this
"I have quit Congress. The next step is to launch a
party of my own. That will be done. The process has already
started and it will be completed in sometime," he said.