Jagan camp says AP government reduced to minority

Declaring that AP government has been reduced to minority, the Jagan camp dared CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy and his Cabinet colleagues to step down from their posts and seek a fresh mandate.

Updated: Jan 22, 2011, 22:17 PM IST

Hyderabad: Declaring that the Andhra Pradesh government has been reduced to minority, the Jagan camp on Saturday dared Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and his Cabinet colleagues to step down from their posts and seek a fresh mandate.

Reacting to the Chief Minister?s remarks in New Delhi today that those MLAs siding with the rebel leader (Jagan) should resign and seek a fresh mandate, Congress MLAs Mekapati Chandrasekhara Reddy, Balineni Srinivasa Reddy, Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose and others announced that all the legislators who sided with the former MP were ready to quit their posts.

They lashed out at the Chief Minister for terming the MLAs’ support to Jagan as `immoral`.

"We are ready to quit our posts if you and your Cabinet colleagues do so. We shall all go to the people to seek a fresh mandate. We will campaign with late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s pictures and you use only Sonia’s. Let us see who wins," Chandrasekhara Reddy said, addressing a massive protest programme organised by Jagan on the Ramakrishna beach road in Visakhapatnam this evening.
Jagan himself spit fire at the Chief Minister saying the latter was concerned only about securing his position rather than addressing people’s concerns.

Pointing out that the Kiran Kumar Reddy`s government has been reduced to minority, Anakapalle MP Sabbam Hari, former MLA Ambati Rambabu and others targeted the Chief Minister saying he failed to check spiralling prices of essential commodities.

"He has not conducted a single meeting with his Cabinet colleagues to discuss the price rise issue and the steps to be taken to check prices," they criticised.
Only about a handful of MLAs and the Anakapalle MP accompanied Jagan on the six-hour Jana Deeksha, organised in protest against the hike in petrol price and rising prices of essential commodities.

PTI