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Congress rallies behind Jagan's uncle

Special Correspondent

Leaders welcome Vivekananda Reddy's decision to remain in the party


Congress looking at Viveka as a strong ally to checkmate new political party proposed by Jagan

By refuting charges levelled by Jagan, his uncle proved to be a true Congressman: party leaders


HYDERABAD: Immediately after Congress MLC Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy reposed his full faith in Congress president Sonia Gandhi's leadership, the State Congress leaders rallied behind him in the hope of taking on his nephew and Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy.

The State Congress leadership, which was caught off-guard on Monday by the resignation of Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy and his mother Y.S. Vijayamma, is now looking at Mr. Vivekananda Reddy as a strong ally to checkmate the new political party proposed to be launched by Mr. Jagan.

Former Ministers J.C. Diwakar Reddy, R. Damodar Reddy and D.L. Ravindra Reddy welcomed Mr. Vivekananda Reddy's decision to remain in the Congress as a disciplined soldier. “Not even a single MLA from the Congress party in Kadapa is going to switch sides,” Dr. Ravindra Reddy said. Mr. Damodar Reddy said by refuting the charges levelled by Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy, his uncle has proved that he was a true Congressman. He sought to know, why YSR family had on an earlier occasion forced Mr. Vivekananda Reddy to resign from his Lok Sabha seat.

The Congress leaders are discussing the possibility of induction of both the Kadapa district leaders, Mr. Vivekananda Reddy and Dr. Ravindra Reddy, into the Cabinet as a strategy to contain the influence of the former MP in the district.

“If Mr. Vivekananda Reddy gets a ministerial berth, he will be in a better position to reach out to the people and prevent defections to the new political party,” another MLA from the Rayalaseema region, said.

Confusion

Sources pointed out that by pitting Mr. Vivekananda Reddy against his nephew from Pulivendula Assembly constituency, a lot of confusion could be created in the cadre over their loyalties. “His uncle enjoys a lot of goodwill among the people, for his easy access and prompt response to grievances brought to his notice,” a senior Congress leader said.

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