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Mixed response to Jagan's resignation in Guntur

Staff Reporter

ZPTCs, former corporators quit Congress


First-time MLAs have not come out in support of Jagan Mohan Reddy

Followers of Jagan burn effigy of Sonia Gandhi


GUNTUR: Barring resignations from a dozen local representatives and sporadic protests by vocal supporters of Kadapa MP Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy, the decision of Jagan to quit the party failed to evoke an overwhelming response in the district. With all the four Ministers and most of the MLAs staying put at Hyderabad on the eve of Cabinet formation, none of them was available for comment on the sudden turn of events.

Ambati Rambabu, former MLA from Repalle and ex-APIIC Chairman, is the lone prominent face of the district in the Jagan's camp in addition to Lella Appireddy, former Guntur AMC Chairman. But the MP's supporters claim that the tide would turn in their favour in the district once Jagan embarks on ‘Oodarpu Yatra' in January.

Two MLAs, Yerram Venkateswara Reddy from Sattenapalli and Pinneli Ramakrishna Reddy of Macherla, who were vocal loyalists of Jagan in the past, chose not to react. Mr. Venkateswara Reddy left for Hyderabad soon after hearing the news, while Mr. Ramakrishna Reddy has not been seen along side with Jagan for some time now. It might also be noted that first-time MLAs, Kandru Kamala (Mangalagiri), Mekathoti Sucharita (Prathipadu) and Sk. Mastan Vali (Guntur East) have not come out in open support as of now.

The day was also marked by vocal protests by supporters of ex-AMC Chairman Lella Appireddy and former City Congress president Y. Narasimha Reddy. Police stepped up patrolling on the main roads and posted pickets at the DCC office.

Jagan's supporters under the aegis of Jagan Yuva Sena burnt effigies of Congress president Sonia Gandhi at Koretipadu Centre and at Chuttugunta Centre. At Tadepalli, unidentified persons damaged the statue of Jawaharlal Nehru. Some supporters staged rasta roko at Tenali, Piduguralla and Machavaram.

Those, who resigned included Lella Appireddy, ZPTCs Katta Padmaja Reddy (Piduguralla), Subba Reddy (Veldurthy), Narasimha Reddy (Muppala), Konaki Venkateswarulu (Machavaram), Marri Atchi Reddy (Bellamkonda) and Pallela Subhash Reddy (Ponnur constituency) and Bellamkonda Gopala Rao (former AMC Chairman of Krosuru), former corporators Yettigadda Samrajyam and Boddapati Jyoti and ex-co-option member Namshad Begum.

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