Sharmila’s statement will be music to Congress ears given that Jagan had parted ways with the party on a bitter note.
He had resigned from the Congress in November 2010 after defying the leadership by going on ‘Odarpu yatra’ to console families of those who had committed suicide following the death of his father and late Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy in a helicopter crash on September 2, 2009.
The Congress is facing extremely tough situation in Andhra Pradesh following simmering discontent over the Telangana issue and the growing exodus of its leaders to the YSR Congress party and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).
The state had helped the Congress first regain power at the Centre in 2004 and then retain it in 2009.
While the party won 29 seats in 2004 Lok Sabha elections, the tally increased to 33 in 2009. The Congress also won the state elections in 2004 and 2009.
“It was my father who single- handedly contributed to Congress victories in both Lok Sabha and assembly elections in 2004 as well as 2009. Now, they have forgotten his contribution.
They (Congress) have betrayed us…destroyed my father’s legacy,” Sharmila said.
She claimed that her party will win 35 Lok Sabha and around 220 assembly seats in 2014 despite her brother being in jail in a disproportionate assets case for more than a year now. The CBI had arrested the Kadapa MP in May 2012.