Congress MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday regretted the suspension of his close aide Ambati Rambabu from the organisation by the party leadership, while his detractors welcomed the suspension.
"Ambati Rambabu walked with my father for 1,500 km during his 'padayatra' (before 2004 elections). It is because of the work done by activists like him that Congress won Assembly elections twice. I am pained by Rambabu's suspension. It hurt me a lot. I cannot speak more than this. Everybody knows about the things that are happening," he said.
When asked if he would speak to the high command regarding the suspension of Rambabu, Jagan said he would do whatever he can (to get it revoked).
Asked if he saw the suspension as an indirect warning to him, he said, "Warning for what? What mistake I am doing to be warned? God is there and I have the blessings of my father."
Jagan was speaking to reporters in East Godavari district on the 7th day of his controversial yatra.
Congress on Saturday night suspended Rambabu, a general secretary of state Congress, on the charge of indulging in anti-party activities.
A statement from AICC in-charge of Andhra Pradesh M Veerappa Moily said Ramababu has been suspended with "immediate effect for his anti-party activities and making anti-party statements".
It was Rambabu's outburst against Chief Minister K Rosaiah that provoked the high command to act against him.