“This is the first time the house has been decorated,” said YS Bharathi Reddy as YSR Congress party workers adorned the doors of her Lotus Pond home with marigolds to welcome home her husband, YS Jaganmohan Reddy. On Tuesday, Reddy, accused in a disproportionate assets case, came home after a 16-month stay in jail.
When they shifted home in 2011, the family was still mourning Reddy’s father, chief minister YS Rajashekara Reddy, who died in a chopper crash in 2009. Then the plush building in the posh Jubilee Hills came under CBI’s scrutiny. “It has been a long and terrifying wait for me and my two daughters. But now we can rejoice,” Bharathi said between welcoming a stream of relatives and party leaders.
Out on the streets, the cadres celebrated Reddy’s release, dancing to drumbeats and bursting crackers. Cut-outs and banners draped the 15-km stretch from Chanchalguda Jail to Lotus Pond, which Reddy’s convoy took six hours to cover.
Over half a dozen bail attempts, including some at the Supreme Court, failed before a special court granted bail to Reddy on Monday. In 10 CBI chargesheets, he is the prime accused. The bail, however, has boosted his party’s morale. “We will now go to the public with new vigor,” said MLA Prasanna Kumar Reddy.
The TDP accused the Congress of using the CBI to strike a deal with the YSR Congress. “Why was the CBI suddenly in a hurry to show that the probe was over?” asked Revanth Reddy, party MLA.
The TRS said Jagan’s release would not alter the sentiment in Telangana. “YSRCP already exposed itself as a pro-united AP party,” said party leader Eetela Rajender.