No differences with Jagan: Rosaiah

With some Congress MLAs airing dissenting voice in the state, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah on Monday said there was need for "discipline" among partymen and denied any differences with Cudappa MP Jagan Reddy.

Updated: May 24, 2010, 23:10 PM IST

New Delhi: With some Congress MLAs airing
dissenting voice in the state, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K
Rosaiah on Monday said there was need for "discipline" among
partymen and denied any differences with Cudappa MP Jagan
Mohan Reddy.

"There is a need for discipline in the party workers.
Discipline is more important than individuals," Rosaiah said
when asked about three MLAs from the Cuddappa region who had
spoken out against party president Sonia Gandhi and Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh a few days ago.

Rosaiah was referring to the statement of Cuddappa MLAs
C Adinarayana Reddy, G Srikant Reddy and B Gurunath Reddy who
said they would not even spare Congress President Sonia Gandhi
or Prime Minister Manmohan Singh if government schemes are not
properly implemented in their region.

Talking about constant speculation about his relationship
with Jagan, Rosaiah said, "I have no differences of opinion
with Jagan. He is like my son. He is in fact younger than my
youngest son. So there may be some age gap. His perception may
be different from that of mine."

Jagan was an aspirant to the Chief Ministership after his
father`s untimely death in a helicopter crash last year but
Congress appointed Rosaiah.

Referring to his age and that of Jagan, Rosaiah said,
"Jagan can run long distance and jump over a fence... He is
young. How can you expect me to do such things at this age?
How can I compete with him?"

The Chief Minister said it was "not abnormal" for members
of a 125-year old political party with a large base to have
differences of opinion.

"But the final decision is always that of the party
president," he added.

On Jagan`s `vodarpu yatra` tour of Warangal to meet
families whose members died over shock after his father`s
death, Rosaiah said the former CM`s son was free to tour
whichever part of the state he wanted to.

When queried about some opposition to the tour from
locals and the security threat perceptions, the Chief Minister
said security would be provided by the district administration
and the local police.

"I am not saying whether he should go or not go. Jagan
has to make his own tour plans. He is free to take his own
decisions," he said.

Asked if he discussed Jagan`s activities with Congress
president Sonia Gandhi, the Chief Minister replied in the
negative.

Referring to the welfare projects launched by Rajasekhara
Reddy, Rosaiah said his government would continue with those
projects and all the required funds and assistance would be
provided to them, including the Polavaram water project.

To a question on plans to expand his Cabinet, Rosaiah
said he had not thought about it at the moment, as the party
leadership was busy with the cyclone relief work and the
ensuing Rajya Sabha polls.

"After all these are over and at an appropriate time, we
will come for permission from the party high command for
expansion, addition or deletion, whatever it is (of the state
cabinet)," he said.

PTI