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YSR denies role in brother's resignation issue

By Our Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD, SEPT. 3. The Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, has said that he had no role in the controversy surrounding his brother and Cuddapah MP, Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy's resignation issue.

Talking to presspersons after returning from Bangalore on Friday, Dr. Reddy said neither he nor his family pressurised him to resign to facilitate his son Jagan Mohan Reddy's entry into active politics.

`Reluctant candidate'

Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy said his brother was "a service-oriented person'' and was not much into power politics. In fact, Mr. Vivekananda Reddy was not keen on contesting the elections in 1999 itself. In the last elections, he was even more reluctant, Dr. Reddy clarified.

As it would send wrong political signals if the sitting MP avoided contesting the elections and on being coaxed by friends like D. L. Ravindra Reddy and N. Varadarajulu Reddy that he could quit soon after the elections, his brother agreed to enter the fray, he said.

Denial of ticket

He said he was not responsible for denial of ticket to M. V. Mysoora Reddy who had quit the party apprehending that he might not be fielded. Moreover, issuing party ticket was the prerogative of the high command and he had no say in it, the Chief Minister clarified.

On whether he considered the AICC rejection of his brother's resignation as a setback to his plans of bringing his son into active politics, he said his son had a lot of time to enter politics. He was busy with his business and was keen on expanding it further.

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