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Congress sets out to corner Jagan by luring his loyalists

Amid speculation that Congress will neutralise the Jagan camp by accomodating some of his loyalists in the new Andhra Pradesh cabinet, the rebel Kadapa MP may find the going tough.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2010 21:51 IST

Amid speculation that Congress will neutralise the Jagan camp by accomodating some of his loyalists in the new Andhra Pradesh cabinet, the rebel Kadapa MP may find the going tough.

For the 38-year-old son of former Chief Minister Y S R Reddy, who has been aspiring to become the CM, the increasing isolation may push him into breaking away from Congress and forming a new party, political analysts feel.

His uncle and member of Legislative Council, Y S Vivekananda Reddy, YSR's brother, has rubbed salt to Jaganmohan Reddy's injury by offering to "patch up" the strained relationship between his nephew and the Congress high command by "expressing regret over the episodes telecast on Sakshi television channel."

The channel, owned by Jagan, raised the hackles of the party leadership by targeting Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi.

Vivekananda's move has only left a defiant Jagan more embarrassed even as his camp tried to do some damage control by announcing that their leader had done nothing wrong that warranted any explanation to the high command.

By distancing itself from Vivekananda's statement, his camp desperately sought to send a message that Jagan would not buckle under presure.

Vivekananda on Sunday met Sonia in Delhi and is understood to have discussed the political situation in Andhra Pradesh arising out of the rebellious attitude of Jagan.

Jagan will have to wait till Wednesday to make up his mind on whether or not to continue in the Congress party, with the swearing-in ceremony of the cabinet to take place on the same day.

He is anxiously awaiting the formation of the state Cabinet to assess his standing in the scheme of things in the Congress and chalk out his future path, his supporters say.

One of his close followers and former minister Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose claimed he would not join Kiran Kumar Reddy's Cabinet after it became clear that he would face the axe for having defied the party high command, along with another former minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy, on the Odarpu Yatra issue.

The Congress high command is also keeping Jagan on tenterhooks by not showing any hurry in taking action against him for targeting the party leadership through his media.