Congress MP V Arun Kumar, a close associate of late YS Rajasekhara Reddy, met YS Jagan Mohan Reddy Monday night during his yatra in East Godavari district and said it was just for "courtesy".
"Jagan is my colleague in Parliament. He is the son of Rajasekhara Reddy. Since he came to our district, I met him for courtesy. He did not ask me to meet him and nobody told me not to meet him," the MP from Rajahmundry said.
Replying to a query, he said nobody was stopping MPs and MLAs from meeting Jagan who announced that his yatra is purely personal.
Kumar said he did not give any advice to Jagan who has sharply attacked Chief Minister K Rosaiah and the party leadership during his yatra in Srikakulam district yesterday.
Claiming that there is no "gulf" between Jagan and Rosaiah or party leadership over his yatra, he said the prevailing situation is nothing but a storm in a tea cup.
The critical remarks made against Rosaiah by Jagan need not be looked through magnifying glass, he said.
"I don't think any gulf is possible between Rosaiah and Jagan because both belonged to different generations. Rosaiah is a veteran leader. Jagan is a young man who is moving ahead with speed," he said.
Jagan might have made the comments against the chief minister at the spur of the moment and too much should not be read into it, Kumar said.
"Some issues do crop up among individuals in political parties. Parties cannot run if they are taken too seriously. Sometimes, people say something and take back their words and work together again. I don't think this is a serious issue," he said.
Asked if he would take initiative to work out a rapproachment between Jagan and Rosaiah since he is considered close to both the young MP as well as the high command, Kumar said the chief minister is an expert in settling any controversies.
Replying to a query, he said Jagan may not make similar controversial comments again.
Kumar said that some MLAs are helping Jagan during the yatra and some more may meet him after the ongoing assembly session concluded on July 15.
After completing a four-day tour in Srikakulam, Jagan started his 'Odarpu yatra' at Annavaram in East Godavari district earlier in the day.