No go-ahead to Jagan’s Telangana yatra: Moily

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 11:33

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Contradicting Y S Jaganmohan Reddy’s statement that he had got clearance for his controversial yatra in the Telangana region from Veerappa Moily, the latter denied denied giving any such permission to the Andhra Pradesh leader.

Reddy, MP from Kadapa and son of late Chief Minister Y S
Rajashekhara Reddy, claimed that he had got the clearance for his tour when he met Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily, who is AICC in-charge of Andhra Pradesh, here this morning.

“My advice to Jagan is to refrain from the yatra. Rest is upto him,” media reports quoted him as saying in the evening. He denied giving the go-ahead hours after Jagan claimed all issues had been resolved.

He said he had asked him not to go the Telangana region till the by-polls in the area are over.

”When he goes to some place, there will be meetings and rally. There may be some problems. Already some problems have been created. It is good for him not to continue... we also have sentiments," he insisted.

Asked whether the "misunderstanding" with the high
command has been sorted out, Reddy said, "If at all you call
it a misunderstanding, ....everything is clear and sorted

Moily however said that when he saw Jagan commenting on his meeting in the media, he called him and said that permission for yatra to any other place except Telangana had not been sought and hence not granted either.

"In the best interests of the party and the state government he need not go anywhere now," he said.

Jagan had said he will now carry on with the tour from June 8 in
Srikakulam in coastal Andhra Pradesh from June 8 to meet the
families of those who died after his father`s death in a
helicopter crash.

He is set to visit the Telangana region after the by-elections are held in the sensitive region.

"The meeting went off well. He (Moily) has given a go-ahead. He told me to go and continue with whatever I am doing," the 37-year-old leader had told reporters after emerging from 20-minute meeting with Moily.

"In fact, this tour of mine was widely appreciated by him (Moily) and he has given a very clear indication to go ahead and do what I am supposed to be doing," Reddy had said.

Moily, however, said he was not asked any permission.

Jaganmohan had defied the party high command`s
directive and gone ahead with his tour of the sensitive
Telangana region on Friday last.

However, he was forced to abandon the yatra after
violence erupted in Mahaboobabad town in Warangal district,
the hotbed of the separate state agitation.

-PTI inputs

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First Published: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 11:33

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