After 29 MLAs and two MPs resigned following mention of YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s name in CBI’s FIR against Jaganmohan Reddy, the Congress is making efforts to show its respect and claim legacy of its most charismatic leader in the south.
On Tuesday, senior Congress leaders will release a photo book on late Andhra Pradesh CM YSR Reddy. Edited by famous photographer Raghu Rai ‘YSR — Man of the People’ — the coffee table collection will have YSR’s photos interacting with people.
While Andhra Pradesh CM Kiran Kumar Reddy and State Congress chief B Satyanarayana will be a necessary presence, a gamut of senior leaders– Motilal Vora, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sushil Shinde, RK Dhavan, Oscar Fernandes, Digvijay Singh, Ambika Soni and Vayalar Ravi will be guests of honour.
The event is organised by KV P Ramachandra Rao, a trusted aide of YSR who parted ways with his friend’s son Jaganmohan after YSR’s death.
Meanwhile, crying foul, YSR Congress leaders are stroking the YSR sentiment and populist schemes like Rajiv Arogyasri, a programme Andhra people still connect with. “How can they mention the departed leader’s name in the FIR,” said MLAs and leaders, who are on hunger strikes and are attacking the Congress ‘for using CBI as a tool to finish Jagan politically’. “YSR is Congress leader and will remain our leader,” Rao told HT declining to comment on CBI cases on Jagan etc.