Jagan Mohan, son of Y.S. Rajashekhara Reddy, has sought an appointment with Congress president Sonia Gandhi but there is no word so far whether or when she will meet him.
With a section in the Congress legislature party (CLP) seeking his installation as chief minister in place of K. Rosaiah, the party would not like to send any signal that could be misconstrued by the rank and file. Congress sources have, for the moment, ruled out any change of guard in the state.
But for over a month since Reddy died in a helicopter crash, the party has been waiting for passions to subside before calling a meeting of the CLP to condole his demise and formalise the change of guard.
There are indications that Congress expects Jagan Mohan to move — or second — a one-line resolution authorising the High Command to take a decision on the leadership issue when the CLP is called.
This had happened even in 2009 when the CLP left the leadership decision to Gandhi though YSR had led the party to victory.
“The same practice may be followed again. But this time Jagan Mohan could be asked to speak to send out the signal that he is totally with the party,” said a state leader who did not want to be quoted.
The CLP may take place around the time the legislature party for Maharashtra and Haryana meet after the October 22 assembly results.
“How the Congress handles Andhra Pradesh would also depend on the election results in these two states,” said a functionary not authorised to speak to the media.
Of the 156 Congress legislators in Andhra Pradesh, 72 are first-timers who owe their political existence to YSR and now want to see Jagan Mohan as chief minister.
The youth and general masses who benefited from YRS’s pro-people programmes also see his father’s image in him, making the Congress’s task of ignoring his supporters difficult.
Despite such pressure tactics, however, the Congress intends to stick by Rosaiah, the senior-most legislator while Jagan Mohan is seen as an inexperienced first-time MP.