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With reference to the report Jagan arrested, Andhra on edge (May 28), the impact of the arrest of YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy will be felt in the upcoming assembly by-elections as well as the 2014 general elections.

india Updated: May 30, 2012 23:40 IST
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Jagan Reddy is paying the price for calling a spade a spade
With reference to the report Jagan arrested, Andhra on edge (May 28), the impact of the arrest of YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy will be felt in the upcoming assembly by-elections as well as the 2014 general elections. Jagan was arrested one day before the election campaign began in Andhra Pradesh and the custody period lasts till a day after the campaign ends. This raises many questions about the timing of Jagan's arrest, on the Congress' motives behind it and on the Central Bureau of Investigation's role in the entire episode. However, the arrest is likely to get Jagan and his party many sympathy votes.
HN Ramakrishna, Bangalore

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Jagan's arrest is not surprising. His father, YSR Reddy, was duly rewarded by the Congress for being a party loyalist. But unlike YSR, Jagan openly challenged Sonia Gandhi and the government, thereby becoming the first Andhra Pradesh politician to do so. He is paying the price for calling a spade a spade, like many other politicians have done it in the past to expose the Congress' wrongdoings
K Kripashankar, via email

The PM could have kept it simple
With reference to the editorial A spring in the UPA's step (May 24), it is ridiculous on the prime minister's part to host a lavish dinner party for all UPA2 members to mark the government's third anniversary while requesting MPs to practice austerity. The government used the taxpayers' money for this. The PM could have practised what he preached by organising a simple tea party instead of a plush buffet.
Jitendra Kothari, Mumbai