The campaign for making Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, son of the late Chief Minister Rajasekhara Reddy, gathered pace on Friday with his supporters losing no no time and taking up the issue with Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
As the move gathered momentum, interim Chief Minister K Rosaiah said he had no no "personal agenda" or "aspirations" and would go by whatever the party high command decides, Congress incharge for the state M Veerappa Moily said any political party would have to respond to the "will" of the people.
Mallu Batti Vikramarka, ruling party's chief whip in the Assembly, claimed that 148 of the 154 Congress MLAs were behind Jaganmohan and over 100 of them would be meeting in Hyderabad on Saturday.
The funeral of the late leader was on here but backers of 36-year-old Jaganmohan, a political novice, met Gandhi and reportedly handed over a letter backing his candidature.
Based on an informal decision taken at a meeting of the ministes of the YSR cabinet with the interim Chief Minister on Thursday, the letter was said to have urged her to make Jaganmohan the next chief minister as he was the inheritor of his father's political legacy.
The letter is believed to have listed the names of all the ministers who were part of the YSR Cabinet, including Rosaiah. The sourcesclaimed it also has the signatures of 120 of the 155 Congress MLAs.