Congress parliamentarian Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday hit out at the Congress leadership and alleged that the party had prevented Andhra Pradesh’s ministers and legislators from joining his so-called consolation yatra.
During his Odarpu Yatra, Reddy claimed that several ministers, Lok Sabha members and legislators wanted to accompany him but were being prevented from doing so.
“Their heart is very much with me, though they are physically present elsewhere. They wanted to visit the bereaved families along with me. They are going through intense mental trauma,” he said.
He was addressing a rally at Veerghattam in the coastal district of Srikakulam as part of the three-day yatra.
In open defiance of the party leadership, the Kadapa MP had resumed his yatra on Thursday to console families of those who died of shock following the death of his father Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy (YSR) in a helicopter crash last year.
“What crime I have committed? I am asking you if it is justified to ask ministers and legislators not to accompany me. Were they (those who died for YSR) not Congress workers? Has anybody from the Congress party consoled their families? Their only crime was that they loved Rajasekhara Reddy,” said Jagan.
Reddy also confirmed that ministers and legislators were sending their kin to participate in his yatra.
“Since they (ministers and legislators) are being prevented from joining me, they are deputing their wives, brothers and children to accompany me,” Reddy said.