Former Congress MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy ridiculed the ruling party on Tuesday saying he had done it a favour by not having allowed his supporter MLAs to resign, which has prevented the Andhra Pradesh government from falling.
"Currently, I am doing a favour to the Congress party because if my MLAs resign, the government there will fall," Reddy said.
The Congress immediately hit back and dismissed his claim as an 'illusion'. The party said anyone, who had any misconceptions, was free to carry out the threat.
In a show of strength in the Capital, Jagan was joined by 23 Congress MLAs and two MPs, in his single-day protest against the decision of the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal.
Two MLAs from film-star turned politician Chiranjeevi's Praja Rajyam Party, and two from the Telugu Desam Party also joined Jagan's fast on the slogan - 'farmers right, Andhra Pradesh fight' and 'our water our right'.
The son of the former Andhra Pradesh chief minister, the late Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy, said he has asked the MLAs supporting him to continue in the Congress, Asked whether he would bring the state government down, Jagan replied: "Had I wanted, I could have done it a long time ago. I am a gentleman. So I am doing a favour to the Congress."
He dared the Congress to take action against the MLAs and MPs joining his rallies and protests at various places. "Congress can do so if it wants to take action (party MPs and MLAs). My people are very categorically saying that they have nothing to do with the party and they are still there (in Congress) because I am only asking them to so," he said.
"Congress government in Andhra Pradesh was never under any threat, is not under any threat and would never be. If any person has any illusions at all, they will be demystified soon," Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters.