Reddy fumes after cross-voting in AP Council polls

Andhra Pradesh CM Kiran Kumar Reddy accused the Congress MLAs who owe allegiance to rebel leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy of having cheated the party with the objective of defeating its official nominee, Mohammad Jani.

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2011, 18:21 PM IST

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N
Kiran Kumar Reddy on Friday accused the Congress MLAs who owe
allegiance to rebel leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy of having
cheated the party with the objective of defeating its
official nominee, Mohammad Jani, in Legislative Council polls.

"They (MLAs loyal to Jagan) assured me that they will
indeed vote for the Congress candidate. In fact, I told them
we will withdraw the fifth candidate from the fray if at all
they have other plans. They all said they will vote for the
Congress, but in the end they cheated the party," Reddy told
reporters here this afternoon, after the results were
announced formally.

Reddy said that 10-11 votes of Congress seemed to have
gone in favour of MIM. "Anyhow, the MIM is our ally," he
observed.

Asked if he personally felt cheated, Chief Minister
remarked: "It is not me as such. It is the party (that has
been cheated)."

Looking completely distraught over the election results,
where Congress has had a narrow escape, the Chief Minister -
in an oblique reference to the Jagan-loyalist MLAs- observed
it was now important to assess "who is a friend and who is an
enemy" of the party.

Noting that initiating action against rebel MLAs was a
"different issue", Kiran said the party would take care of it.
"Those who won on a party ticket should toe the party line.

But it did not happen that way, as the results showed. We will
report all this to the high command."

The Chief Minister said the Election Commission of India
should think of changing the voting pattern for Council
elections on the lines of the Rajya Sabha elections.

"Since both the elections are for the Upper House, it is
better to have a similar voting pattern," he said.

PTI