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Wave of protest over resignation

Staff Reporter

‘Exit of the Kadapa MP will spell disaster for the Congress'


DCC president to convene a meeting with leaders and MLAs

Police foil attempt to burn effigy of Sonia Gandhi


ELURU: The resignation of Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy from the Congress drew sharp protest from party ranks in West Godavari district.

The admirers of Mr. Reddy staged protest in Eluru, Bhimavaram, Jangareddygudem and Maruteru while several leaders tendered their resignation to the party membership in support of Mr. Jagan.

PCC vice-president and childhood friend of former Chief Minister late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Bhimavaram Agricultural Market Yard Committee Vice Chairman Medidi Johnson and MPTCs Association State president Muduri Nagaraju were among those who quit the ruling party. District Congress Committee (DCC) president Moshen Raju said the exit of Mr. Jagan would spell disaster for the Congress.

He said he would convene a meeting with the party leaders and MLAs in Bhimavaram on Tuesday to chalk out a course of action in support of the party's estranged MP.

The meeting was also aimed at mobilizing support from the MLAs to mount pressure on Congress president Sonia Gandhi enabling Mr. Jagan to continue in the party.

Cautious approach

Although almost all the Congress MLAs in the district secured the party ticket and won the general elections in 2009 with the help of late Rajasekhar Reddy, they appear to be treading with caution now given the fluid political situation.

Eluru MLA Alla Kalikrishna Srinivas, who demonstrated his loyalties for Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy with his direct participation in the latter's `Odarpu yatra' right from the beginning, spent his day at his residence here meeting his followers.

Meanwhile, police foiled the attempts of Mr. Jagan's followers to burn the effigy of Ms. Sonia Gandhi in Eluru. A police picket was posted at the DCC office here to ward off possible attacks from the angry followers of Mr. Reddy.

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