The war of words between loyalists of Congress MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and senior party leaders intensified today with former minister Palvai Govardhan Reddy alleging that the Kadapa MP is in a hurry to become the chief minister.
"He (Jagan) is irresponsible. He is in a hurry to become the chief minister. You can inherit your father's properties but how can you inherit a political post?" Govardhan, who has been critical of Jagan, told reporters.
Govardhan, who was elected to the assembly and Legislative Council several times, took exception to the critical remarks made against party leadership and Chief Minister K Rosaiah by Congress MLA Konda Surekha, a known loyalist of Jagan.
"Surekha should first decide whether she is in Congress or not," he said.
Claiming that Congress in Andhra Pradesh lacked a charismatic leader like late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, Surekha had yesterday demanded that Jagan be handed over the reins of the party.
"Congress in the state does not have a charismatic leader like Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. It is only because of the welfare schemes initiated by him that people voted for Congress in the recent by-elections. We are demanding that Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy be given the party's leadership in the state," Surekha has said.
Without naming Rosaiah, Surekha had decried his style of functioning and found fault with the way welfare and development schemes are being implemented.
Surekha, who quit as minister last year in support of the demand to make Jagan as Chief Minister, has dashed off an 11-page letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi explaining her opinion.
Meanwhile, two other senior leaders P Shankar Rao and K R Amos also took exception to the remarks of Surekha.