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No more YSR tag, says Andhra Cong

Prasad Nichenametla, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 02, 2011
First Published: 23:52 IST(2/1/2011) | Last Updated: 01:34 IST(3/1/2011)

With former Congressman YS Jaganmohan Reddy going to public claiming YSR legacy, Congress leaders from Andhra Pradesh want the party to do away with YSR tag.

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On Sunday, HT carried interview of Jaganmohan where he said would decimate Congress in the state. Senior Congress leaders from the state came out attacking Jagan in reaction.

“Jagan’s tone reflects arrogance that came with power. Except for the money he amassed during YSR’s tenure, he lacks political knowledge and experience to beat a party like the Congress,” V Hanumantha Rao, senior Congress MP said.

With Jaganmohan attacking the Centre ‘for making efforts to derail YSR’s populist schemes, which include Arogyasri, pensions and scholarships,’ the party secretary said Congress should put an end to the YSR tag.

“This claim of the YSR tag should be stopped. We need to promote the government schemes as given under Sonia Gandhi leadership,” Rao told HT adding ‘that Indiramma (Indira Gandhi as she is referred popularly) name still carries 25% votes in AP. Many of the state schemes in are still publicised with YSR photo.

The demand, interestingly, comes days after chief minster Kiran Reddy asked party leaders and ministers not to talk against YSR, ‘as he was our big leader.’

Jagan’s remarks that the Congress would be trounced to third position was criticised by senior Andhra ministers. “Immature talk. While his father’s target was to make Rahul Gandhi the PM by sending 41 MPs in 2014, Jagan plans just the opposite, that is unfortunate,” Anam Ramanarayana Reddy, minister for finance and planning told HT over phone.

Stepping up the attack, Rao said the party would probe Jagan’s wealth and expose him in public. “We would first probe how he amassed such wealth in span of five years. We would also ask the state government for a probe,” he said.

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