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Jaganmohan's comments on yatra attract criticism

india Updated: Jul 12, 2010 15:43 IST
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Congress MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy's comments that MLAs and other public representatives were not allowed to join his yatra today drew flak from several senior party leaders.

"Jaganmohan Reddy has clearly stated in his open letter that the 'Odarpu yatra' is a personal and non-political tour. Then what is the need for MLAs, MLCs or any political leaders to join the yatra? Why this debate at all"," N Tulasi Reddy, state Congress spokesperson, told reporters.

"We are not ready to accept if he says that politics in the state or the government have gone to the nadir after the death of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy," P Venkata Rao, MLC and another spokesperson, said.

AICC secretary P Sudhakar Reddy said Jagan should restraint from making such comments.

Health Minister D Nagender said it is not correct to say that Congress leadership has stopped the legislators from taking part in Jagan's yatra.

"It is not correct to say that MLAs have been stopped. We should all follow the directives of the high command. It is not proper for me to comment on a matter that is being looked at by the high command," he said.

Senior leader and Rajya Sabha member V Hanumantha Rao said party will have to take disciplinary action against any leader, howsoever big he may be.

"Former Union Minister K Natwar Singh was close to the party leadership. But, action was taken against him when the situation warranted," he said.

Another senior leader Palvai Govardhan Reddy said the 'Odarpu yatra' of Jagan would not benefit the Congress.

Rejecting the comments of the senior leaders, former MLA B Govardhan, a Jagan supporter, observed that the seniors were speaking like TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu.

"They are talking about the assets of Jagan. This is like Chandrababu Naidu speaking," he said.

Jaganmohan had yesterday attacked the Congress leadership and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah by questioning why they were preventing party ministers and MLAs from taking part in his controversial Yatra.

"The ministers and MLAs are feeling tortured as they are unable to take part in my Yatra. Are not those who died after my father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s death Congress workers? Has any Congress leader paid a visit to their families in the last ten months and consoled them?" Jagan had said in a belligerent tone at Veeraghattam in Srikakulam district.