Moily-Bharati duel over support to Congress

HYDERABAD — Union Minister for Corporate Affairs and former Congress in-charge of party affairs in Andhra Pradesh Veerappa Moily has asserted that jailed YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy can’t go against the ruling party since the popular young leader “can’t march forward without a Congress-based strategy.”

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Published: Wed 29 Aug 2012, 10:13 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 9:59 AM

“One should understand that this is reality,” Moily said in a political debate hosted by Pronnoy Roy in the national television channel NDTV. The union minister was reacting after Jagan’s wife Y S Bharati Reddy appeared evasive on the issue of YSRC extending support to the Congress in the event of the ruling party going soft on her husband, who is facing the heat in the disproportionate assets case pursued by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Bharathi Reddy, when asked if the YSRC would extend support to the Congress, said: “I don’t think we are in a position to dictate terms. The people are with us. God is with us. Let the seats some, then maybe...” She was, however, clear that the party would not support BJP at any cost. “Jagan has been categorical in stating that we will anyway not support a BJP-led government. That is out of the question,” she said.

Bharati Reddy, however, lambasted the Congress stating that the party had “unleashed a reign of terror in the state just to put Jagan in a tight corner. “Their action, however, has boomeranged,” she added.

Moily was quick to state that CBI was not one of the weapons when asked by Bharathi Reddy if that was the case. “Definitely not. I am talking about political weapon and not about government weapon,” he said. —

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