Supporters no more backing Jagan?

Exactly a year after his father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy`s death, Congress MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy is facing a political dilemma as ministers and MLAs in Andhra Pradesh have now virtually deserted him.

Last Updated: Sep 02, 2010, 21:10 PM IST

Hyderabad: Exactly a year after his father
Y S Rajasekhara Reddy`s death, Congress MP Y S Jaganmohan
Reddy is facing a political dilemma as ministers and MLAs in
Andhra Pradesh have now virtually deserted him.

He has no real supporters, except two, in the Andhra
Pradesh council of ministers while not more than 20 MLAs are
publicly backing him.
The Cabinet ministers who vowed to forego their posts
if Jagan was not made the chief minister, immediately after
YSR`s death in a helicopter crash on September 2 last year,
have now virtually deserted him.

"I will not only quit my Cabinet post but also split
the Congress party in the state if Jagan is not made the chief
minister," Forest Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy
thundered as he entered the Samatha block in the Secretariat
for an extraordinary Cabinet meeting on September 3 last year.

Home Minister P Sabita Reddy, Information Technology
Minister Komatireddy Venkata Reddy, Health Minister Danam
Nagender, Secondary Education Minister Dokka Manikya Vara
Prasada Rao, Rural Water Supply Minister P Viswaroop and many
other ministers spoke in a similar tone.

In fact, Vara Prasada Rao announced that he made it to
the state Legislative Assembly only due to Jagan and, as such,
would not continue in the Cabinet without the latter heading
it.
Only Konda Surekha, who held the Women Development and
Child Welfare portfolio in the YSR Cabinet, stuck to her word
and quit her post as the Congress high command firmly backed K
Rosaiah for the chief minister`s job.

One year down the line, the ministers fell silent and
have distanced themselves from Jagan who has been constantly
defying the party high command. Now, the ministers are not
even raising the demand for Jagan`s appointment as the chief
minister.

Only Social Welfare Minister Pilli Subhash Chandra
Bose and Mines Minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy have affirmed
their loyalty to Jagan and continued to sail with him.

"The Congress high command is the supreme. Everyone
has to strictly respect it," has been the ministers` refrain
even as they advised Jagan to fall in line, following the
controversy over the Odarpu Yatra.

Sticking to the party line, ministers stayed away from
the MP`s condolence tour in their respective districts.

Only Subhash Chandra Bose accompanied Jagan on the
tour in East Godavari district while Srinivasa Reddy vowed to
do so in Prakasam district.

In his own Kadapa district, local minister Md
Ahmadullah stayed away when Jagan went on the condolence tour
for two days in Pulivendula constituency late last month.

On September 3 last year, when Rajasekhara Reddy`s
death was officially announced, government Chief Whip Mallu
Bhatti Vikramarka led a campaign and collected signatures of
more than 150 out of the 157 Congress MLAs demanding that
Jagan be immediately appointed YSR`s successor.

PTI