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Cong-Jagan face-off heats up

Despite the Jaganmohan camp’s remarks against the top Congress leadership, the party doesn’t seem to be willing to oblige the rebel Kadapa MP by expelling him.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2010 00:38 IST
HT Correspondent

Despite the Jaganmohan camp’s remarks against the top Congress leadership, the party doesn’t seem to be willing to oblige the rebel Kadapa MP by expelling him.

Instead, it prefers to play hot and cold — on the one hand Union minister from Andhra Pradesh Jaipal Reddy hit out at Jaganmohan on Saturday, and on the other, the Congress lured his uncle YS Vivekananda Reddy with a cabinet berth.

It has even refrained from handing Jaganmohan a show-cause notice, this despite his channel’s continued tirade. “Sakshi (the channel) is not Congress or any other’s property. It will air its free and independent views,” stated Big Story — ‘One Jagan, hundred conspiracies’ telecast on Saturday.

In the Capital, Jaipal Reddy said Jaganmohan was violating party discipline and termed his actions as “very undesirable”.

“Everybody knows the channel is owned by him (Jagan) and it is run for his own politics apparently. The channel is being misused to weaken the party. It is very undesirable.”

He said while Jaganmohan’s father, the late Andhra Pradesh chief minister YSR Reddy, was a “tremendously loyal Congressman”, his son “otherwise dynamic, seems to be confused”.

Adding another angle, Vivekananda Reddy — late YSR’s brother, who has been assured of a Cabinet post — said he would bring the rebel MP to meet Sonia Gandhi. “We were always loyal to the party and Jagan as son of YSR will continue the support. My efforts will be to bring him here and express regret over the episodes telecast,” Reddy said.

But the Jaganmohan camp in Hyderabad did not appear to be yielding to the move.

“Reddy can try his ways to become a minister but we believe he is only being used as a pawn (to settle scores with Jagan),” said Ambati Rambabu, who was expelled as general secretary of Andhra Congress for his allegiance to Jaganmohan.

Though they have not made it clear when Jaganmohan will launch his own party, his camp says it’s just a matter of time.