Jagan loyalists to resign en masse

HYDERABAD - The Congress government in Andhra Pradesh appears headed for yet another crisis after 28 legislators and two MPs loyal to YSR Congress Party President Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy announced their resignation on Sunday in protest against the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) dragging the name of former chief minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy in the First Information Report filed against Jagan and others in the illegal assets case.

By P S Jayaram

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Published: Tue 23 Aug 2011, 12:08 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:31 PM

The lawmakers, who will be meeting the State Legislative Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar on Monday to submit their resignations, include 26 Congress legislators and two rebels from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). Two MPs — Sabbam Hari and Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy representing Anakapalli in Visakhapatnam and Nellore respectively — will also be resigning from their Lok Sabha seats. The decision to go in for en masse resignation was taken at a meeting held at the YSR Congress Party office in Hyderabad.

The lawmakers took the decision even as Jagan continues to tour Krishna district to console the family members of those who committed suicide or died of shock following his YSR’s tragic death in a helicopter crash.

Announcing the decision, former minister and a staunch Jagan loyalist, Pilli Subash Chandra Bose said they had taken the decision to resign since the Congress High Command was orchestrating the smear campaign against the late chief minister, who was considered as one of the best party leaders during his lifetime.

“The government has already diluted the welfare programmes launched by YSR which were popular with the public, and now they are trying to tarnish the image of a leader who brought back Congress to power in the state in 2004. As strong followers of YSR who owe their political career to the late leader, we feel we can no longer take the humiliation and have decided to resign,” he said.

According to the FIR filed by the CBI, Jagan and YSR had entered into a criminal conspiracy and indulged in abuse of power by taking decisions to favour some companies and individuals and in the process caused huge losses to the state. The companies in return invested million of rupees in business enterprises owned by Jagan including Jagathi Publications, Sandur Power Co Ltd, Bharathi Cement Corpn and Carmel Asia Holdings Pvt Ltd, in a quid pro quo arrangement, the FIR said.

While there may not be any immediate threat to the N Kiran Kumar Reddy government in the state, political analysts believe that if the current resignation move snowballs and attracts fence-sitters to follow suit, then it would definitely have an impact. As it is, the government is seen as a non-functional and incompetent government with ministers from Telangana who had resigned on the issue of separate statehood, keeping away from their duties.

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