Satyanarayana sets condition for return of 26 Jagan loyalists

HYDERABAD — The bitter rivalry between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and State Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana has come to the fore again, after the former was credited with the successful wooing of Congress legislators loyal to YSR Congress Party Y S Jaganmohan Reddy to return to the ruling party fold.

By P S Jayaram

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Published: Tue 22 Nov 2011, 10:42 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:21 AM

Satyanarayana, who is also the Transport Minister, obviously peeved by the move to bring back most of the 26 Jagan loyalists who had resigned, said the MLAs would first have to meet him at Gandhi Bhavan, the Congress headquarters in the state, to seek readmission into the party.

Reacting to the PCC president’s outburst, Adinarayana Reddy, one of the Jagan loyalist who had said they would back Kiran Kumar Reddy, said none of the legislators loyal to the Kadapa MP would enter Gandhi Bhavan or other DCC offices. He, however, clarified that all of them would remain party MLAs till 2014.

“We took the decision to support the Congress government in view of a likely commotion on the Telangana issue in the coming Assembly Session and also to defeat a no-confidence motion likely to be moved by the Telugu Desam Party. That is the only form of support we will give the government.”

Satyanarayana, in a chat with mediapersons, however, maintained that legislators loyal to Jagan cannot claim to be Congress MLAs unless they come to Gandhi Bhavan and explain why they left the party. “How can we call them Congress MLAs when they have resigned from the party? They will not be treated as party MLAs if they go to Collectors’ offices and not visit party offices,” Satyanarayana said, adding that even if the State Legislative Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar rejected their resignations, it would not be not valid. “I need to verify their signatures, and I will call these MLAs individually to Gandhi Bhavan after December 1 and then decide about their re-entry into the Congress.”

According to sources, Satyanarayana also met Kiran Kumar Reddy and objected to readmitting the Jagan MLAs. He had reportedly argued with the chief minister that since they had all announced their resignations from the Congress, the matter should be first decided at Gandhi Bhavan. The chief minister, however, made it clear that in view of the Assembly Session and the need to strengthen the Congress numerically, his efforts to ensure the MLAs’ return should not be objected to.

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