Two Cong MPs, 20 MLAs attend Jagan meet

Last Updated: Saturday, July 9, 2011 - 00:24

Kadapa (AP): Already in midst of the
Telangana muddle, Congress on Friday faced further embarrassment
when 20 rebel MLAs, two MPs amd six MLCs attended the
inauguaral meet of the outfit launched by Y S Jagan Mohan
Reddy where his mother attacked Sonia Gandhi.



At the first plenary of the Jagan Mohan-led YSR Congress
Party at Idupulapaya, the private estate of the Reddy family,
in Kadapa district, the son of YSR made no bones about taking
the Congress head on.
Lashing out at Gandhi, Jagan`s mother and MLA Y S
Vijayalakshmi said they had to leave Congress after the
party chief declined permission for them to hold the `odarpu
yatra`.



"Jagan and I had met Congress president Sonia Gandhi to
seek her permission for `odarpu yatra`. We told her about the
need to continue it. But she did not accede to our request and
spoke in such a way that hurt me. We had to leave Congress,"
said Vijayalakshmi, the honorary president of YSR Congress.



Alleging that Congress tried to split the YSR family for
political gains, she said she and her son had to quit the
party due to unavoidable circumstances.



The Congress high command tried to lower the image of YSR
and downplay the schemes launched by him, she alleged adding
it was YSR who had single-handedly brought the Congress back
to power in the 2009 elections.
The two MPs who attended the convention were Mekapati
Rajamohan Reddy (Nellore) and Sabbam Hari (Anakapalle).



The MLAs present were Balineni Srinivasa Reddy, Pilli
Subhash Chandra Bose, Konda Surekha, Siva Prasad Reddy,
G.Srikanth Reddy, A.Amaranatha Reddy, Adinarayana Reddy,
Mekapati Chandra Sekhar Reddy, Sesha Reddy, Dharmana Krishna
Prasad, Chandra Sekhar reddy, Balaraju, Prasad Raju, Golla
Babu Rao, Srinivasulu, Gurunatha Reddy, Kapu Ramachandra
Reddy, Kunju Satyavathi, Golla Barthi and Sobha Nagi Reddy.



MLCs Pulla Padmavati, Konda Murali, Jupudi Prabhakar Rao,
Desai Thippa Reddy, M Seshu Babu and Devagudi Narayana Reddy
too were present.



Congress is already facing a crisis in Andhra with its
MPs and MLAs from Telangana submitting their resignations
pressing for a separate Telangana state.



In the speech late this evening, Jagan also announced
that his party would shut down all illegal liquor outlets in
the state to protect poor families, particularly the women.



The 104 health scheme would be extended to every mandal,
he said.



The YSR Congress president lambasted the Congress
government in Andhra Pradesh for neglecting several sectors
such as health, agriculture, irrigation, housing, and issues
like pensions, fee reimbursement, etc.



He alleged that the government had failed to keep the
election promise of increasing the rice quota from 20 kgs to
30 kgs.



As many as 20 MLAs, two MPs -- Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy
of Nellore and Sabbam Hari of Anakapalle -- and six MLCs
attended the plenary today.



Speaking earlier during the convention, Jagan`s mother
and MLA Y S Vijayalakshmi blamed Congress President Sonia
Gandhi for their decision to quit the party.



"Jagan and I had met Congress president Sonia Gandhi to
seek her permission for `odarpu yatra`. We told her about the
need to continue it. But she did not accede to our request and
spoke in such a way that hurt me. We had to leave Congress,"
she said, alleging that Congress high command tried to lower
the image of YSR and downplay the schemes launched by him.



PTI



First Published: Saturday, July 9, 2011 - 00:24

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