YSR`s son defers `yatra` on Sonia Gandhi`s directive

Cong MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy has announced his controversial Odarpu Yatra`s postponement to July 8.

Updated: Jun 07, 2010, 23:44 PM IST

Hyderabad: Making a partial climbdown,
Congress MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who had been defying the
high command directive on his controversial `Odarpu Yatra`,
Monday night announced its postponement from tomorrow to July 8.

"It is my duty as the son of late Rajasekhara Reddy to
fulfil the commitment I made to my brothers and sisters. I
promised to share your grief. It has been eight months since
my father died. It is delay," he said in a statement.

"However, I got a message from the high command yesterday
to postpone the yatra indefinitely. I have full faith in our
leader. I am confident that I will be able to resume the yatra
by convincing her. Hence, as per the message from the high
command, I am postponing the yatra for some days," Jaganmohan

Jaganmohan was scheduled to undertake his yatra in
Srikakulam district from tomorrow.

The Congress had last week asked the Kadapa MP not to go
ahead with his yatra to console the families of those who
either committed suicide or allegedly died of heart attack
after hearing the news of the death of his father and former
Andhra Pradesh chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy last year.

"I will resume it (the yatra) on July 8, the birthday
of Dr Rajasekhara Reddy. I believe that I will be able to get
the approval and blessings of our party president by then,"
the Andhra Congress leader, who had yesterday indicated that
he might go ahead with his yatra, said.

He said his mother Vijayalakshmi has written a letter to
Sonia Gandhi not to stop the yatra. She also sought an
audience to explain the matter.

Alleging that TRS has played "cruel politics" over his
yatra to Warangal district in Telangana on May 28, Jagan said
his tour of Srikakulam had no such problems.

"TRS has made my yatra to Warangal controversial. But
there is no problem with Srikakulam. It has been over eight
months since my father died. How long should I wait. What
meaning does `Odarpu` (consoling) have after so many months,"
he asked.

Defying high command`s directive, Jagan undertook the
yatra to Warangal district which triggered violence protests
from Telangana agitators. He had to abandon the yatra
following the protests.

After a meeting with Congress general secretary and
Veerappa Moily, in-charge of AP affairs, Jagan had claimed
that he has been given permission to go ahead with his yatra.

However, the claim was dismissed by Moily who said Jagan
should stop his yatra.

In the wake of the tough stance adopted by the high
command, a large number of Congress MLAs, Ministers and other
Congress leaders, who are known to be loyalists of late YSR,
advised Jagan not to go against the high command.