Kadappa MP Jaganmohan Reddy today claimed that many party workers including MLAs and MLCs have joined him on his yatra despite the Congress high command imposing restrictions on them.
Jagan's sixth day of the yatra started in the East Godavari district today from Lalchervu with a large number of party workers greeting him.
State Social Welfare Minister P Subash Chandra Bose, MLCs, K Durgesh, P Padmavathi and others participated in the yatra.
Thanking the people for supporting him he said, "even though the party high command imposed restrictions on MLAs, MLCs and party workers on joining the ongoing yatra, they participated in it and made it a success. I am thankful to them".
In a development tonight, Congress suspended a senior leader of its Andhra Pradesh unit, who is a close aide of Jagan, on the charge of indulging in anti-party activities.
A statement from AICC in charge of Andhra Pradesh M Veerappa Moily said Ambat Ramababu, PCC General Secretary, has been suspended with "immediate effect for his anti-party activities and making anti-party statements".
Ramababu was recently summoned before the party's disciplinary committee to explain his outburst against Chief Minister K Rosaiah.
Talking about the purpose of the yatra, he said it was his duty to console the family members who lost their lives after the sudden demise of his father, former chief minister Rajasekhara Reddy, as they could not bear the news of the death.
"In case of death, we would go to meet the family members of the person who died to console them. I am doing exactly the same", he added.
Meanwhile, Social Welfare Minister P subash Chandra bose said at a press conference that there was a good response for Jagan’s 'odarpu yatra' in the district.
The party would neither benefit nor make any loss from this yatra, he said adding that he was one of the loyals of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.
"I announced earlier that I will join the ongoing yatra after conclusion of Andhra Legislative Assembly Session. I joined the yatra as I promised earlier," he said.
Moily had yesterday said there will be no action against Jagan though the party has not cleared his yatra.
Police had made elaborate arrangements in the district particularly in Rajahmundry and surrounding areas for the controversial event.