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Jagan supporters tear Sonia poster

The demand to appoint Jagan Mohan Reddy as Andhra Pradesh chief minister took an ugly turn with his supporters allegedly tearing down a banner with pictures of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at Khammam district’s party committee office.

india Updated: Sep 28, 2009 01:01 IST

The demand to appoint Jagan Mohan Reddy as Andhra Pradesh chief minister took an ugly turn with his supporters allegedly tearing down a banner with pictures of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at Khammam district’s party committee office.

Though the incident occurred two days ago, when supporters of the Cuddapah MP disrupted a teleconference by state Congress chief D. Srinivas on the party membership enrolment drive, it came to light only on Sunday when a television channel aired the footage.

This has angered Congress veterans who said Jagan could not become chief minister through such atrocious acts.

“We are all ordinary workers and neither Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy or Jagan Mohan are exceptions. In fact, Rajasekhara Reddy grew to such stature only with the blessings of Soniaji,” Congress Central Working Committee member G. Venkata Swamy said.

He denounced the incident and wanted Srinivas to immediately throw out such unruly elements from the party. Rajya Sabha member V. Hanumantha Rao attacked Jagan’s followers saying “their act of tearing down the picture of our be loved leader Sonia Gandhi was highly outrageous”.

He expressed anguish that the Khammam DCC leadership failed to initiate action against those responsible even after 48 hours of the incident. “As a mark of protest, I shall observe silence for 48 hours as a true disciple of Sonia Gandhi.”