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Congress leaders opposed to Telangana flock to YSR Congress

Prasad Nichenametla, Hindustan Times  Hyderabad, September 30, 2013
First Published: 00:59 IST(30/9/2013) | Last Updated: 01:03 IST(30/9/2013)

YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) leader Jaganmohan Reddy’s release from jail has opened the door for Seema-Andhra Congress leaders opposed to Telangana and the loser in the end is the Congress itself.

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Angry at the Congress’s July 30 decision to divide Andhra Pradesh, these leaders are rushing to join the YSRCP, which stands for a united Andhra Pradesh.

In the past two-three days, Pinipe Vishwaroop, a state minister, and Lok Sabha MP SPY Reddy have resigned from the party to join the YSRCP.

Though chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy has accepted Vishwaroop’s resignation, the resignations of about 12 Seema-Andhra ministers are pending with him from more than a month. In his resignation letter, Vishwaroop had stated the Telangana decision as the reason for his departure. According to YSRCP sources, he will contest the Lok Sabha election on the party ticket in 2014.

Another Lok Sabha MP, Sabbam Hari, whose allegiance to Jaganmohan is well known, stated in New Delhi on Saturday he would soon join the YSRCP.

Hari added 2-3 other MPs would also resign though he did not say if they would also join the YSRCP.

A day after his release from jail on Tuesday, Jaganmohan had hinted at a possible flight of leaders to his party and even told his colleagues to be accommodative.

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