Family rift precipitated Jagan`s decision to quit?
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 23:42
Hyderabad: After months of stand-off with the Congress high command, an alleged family rift apparently precipitated Y S Jaganmohan Reddy's decision to quit the party and his Lok Sabha seat.

The alleged differences between an uncle from his father's side and another from his mother's family was threatening to spill onto the streets when Jagan realised he had to find a quick escape route to safeguard the "family prestige", sources close to the family said.

As his father YS Rajasekhara Reddy's younger brother Y S Vivekananda left for New Delhi reportedly to seek a berth in the Kiran Kumar Reddy government, Jagan mounted an attack on the Congress high command claiming that the was trying to vertically split the family.

"Is it fair to lure my uncle Y S Vivekanada Reddy to Delhi, thereby paving way for fissures in my family," he angrily questioned AICC president Sonia Gandhi in his open letter yesterday announcing his decision to quit the party.

However, the sources claimed that for a few months now, Jagan was reportedly not on good terms with Vivekananda who disapproved of his ways.

"Vivekananda apparently did not like the way in which Jagan was totally being influenced by his other uncle Y V Subba Reddy, Rajasekhara Reddy's co-brother. Subba Reddy has become Jagan's karta, karma, kriya (be all and do all) much to Viveka's discomfiture," a source said.

Denying the allegation that the party was trying to divide the family, Vivekananda today said he is ready to contest in the bypolls for the seats vacated by Jagan and his mother.

"I will remain a Congressman till my last breath. I am a loyal and disciplined Congress worker," he told reporters. Vivekananda is known to be a "humble, mild-mannered" man and enjoyed respect in Kadapa, the family pocket borough.

He was elected twice to the Assembly from their hometown Pulivendula.

The source noted that "Jagan's fear is that he stands no chance against his uncle any day in their home turf Pulivendula or Kadapa. Such is the stature of Vivekananda," On the other hand, Subba Reddy was never in public life and looked after his own business as well as YSR's, the source said "Subba Reddy is now Jagan's key strategist. It is he who is driving the rebel leader," he claimed.

The fissures within the family were thus obvious, making Vivekananda to tread a different path, the source said.


First Published: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 23:42

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