In an apparent move to isolate defiant party MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy, Congress on Monday said that it was giving enough rope to Reddy in spite of him being critical of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah and also the party high command during his ongoing yatra.
"We are giving a long rope", a senior party leader who requested anonymity, suggesting that the young leader would meet his waterloo by his own actions.
At the AICC briefing, party spokesman Manish Tewari gave hints that the son of late Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy was under watch, and that the party leader in charge of the state was "seized" of the matter.
"Certain amount of oversight is on about the activities of Jagan by the state unit as also the AICC", Tewari said.
His refrain to a volley of questions including whether the party considered the Kadappa MP's actions as indiscipline, was that it was best left to the party on how to deal with internal issues.
Union Minister M Veerappa Moily, who is in charge of party affairs in Andhra Pradesh, speaking separately to reporters, dismissed as "baseless" reports that Jagan has been issued a show cause by the high command.
In Hyderabad, the war of words between Jagan and leaders loyal to the high command and Chief Minister K Rosaiah intensified on Monday with the latter questioning the way the young MP was conducting his controversial yatra.
"The Odarpu Yatra is a farce. The real motive of the tour has come out. Why should he (Jagan) say that MPs and MLAs are prevented from joining his yatra, when he has said clearly that it is a personal yatra. Congress has a solid vote bank. Whoever tours, people would come. If he has the ability, he should come out of the party and prove himself," Madhu Yashki Goud, Congress MP from Nizamabad.
An AP minister went to the extent of saying that Jagan was merely a "family successor" of YSR whereas they (Congressmen) were the true successors of his political legacy.
"Jagan is YSR's successor only by inheritance. But we are YSR's true political heirs as we have been carrying the party flag for the past 25 years, sacrificing even our assets," Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj Minister Botsa Satyanarayana said.