Ministers back Rosaiah over violence at Jagan`s tour

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 17:52

Hyderabad:: The ministers in K Rosaiah
Cabinet in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday re-affirmed their support and
loyalty to the Chief Minister and Congress high command over
the `Odarpu yatra` of Y S Jaganmohan Reddy who invited the
wrath of the top leadership for defying its directive.

"We are with the high command. We are with the Chief
Minister. Sonia Gandhiji is our leader. There is no government
failure in handling the `Odarpu yatra` undertaken by Jagan. We
are all of the same opinion," Information Minister J Geeta
Reddy, who is Congress floor leader in the Assembly, told
reporters, flanked by 12 other ministers.
The assertion by the ministers assume significance as
some of them were seen as supporters of Jagan when there was a
campaign last year to install him as Chief Minister.

Dismissing the reported allegations of Jagan that
Chief Minister Rosaiah was responsible for the attack on
Congress leaders who came to receive him at the Mahabubabad
railway station in Warangal district when he embarked on his
yatra, she asserted that there is no government failure at all
in the incident.

Health Minister D Nagender said it is meaningless and
irresponsible to say that Rosaiah was behind the stone-pelting
incident.

Home Minister P Sabita Reddy explained that the
government deployed about 3,000 policemen under the
supervision of senior officers as part of security measures
for Jagan`s yatra.

The government has ordered an inquiry into the violent
incident at Mahabubabad railway station and all facts of the
matter would come out, she said.

Speaking separately, Panchayat Raj Minister B
Satyanarayana said Jagan`s comments need not be taken
seriously as he might be feeling hurt over not being allowed
to go on the yatra.
Defying the high command`s directive, Jagan went ahead
with his `Odarpu Yatra` to Warangal district last week.
Telangana supporters threw stones and vandalised the
Mahabubabad railway station as Jagan supports united Andhra
Pradesh demand.

Congress Core Committee member and Union Finance
Minister Pranab Mukherjee has made it clear that Jagan should
fall in line.

Talking to mediapersons in Delhi yesterday, Jagan has
reportedly held Rosaiah responsible for the attack on Congress
leaders and workers who came to receive him at the Mahabubabad
railway station in Warangal district when he embarked on his
`Odarpu Yatra`.

Meanwhile, senior Congress legislators J C Diwakar
Reddy and M Sasidhar Reddy also said it is most unfortunate
that Jagan chose to attack Rosaiah.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 17:52

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