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Jagan loyalists cry foul

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HYDERABAD: Congress MLAs loyal to former MP Jaganmohan Reddy have decided to up the ante against what they allege is a collusion between the Congress and the TDP inside and outside the Assembly to weaken their leader.

They are firm in their view that the TDP was rallying its forces behind the ruling party by raking up the alleged irregularities in allotment of land by Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Government. They see it as a strategy to tarnish the image of YSR and thus to get even with Mr. Jagan.

These MLAs feel that the demand to constitute JLC into the land deals was to corner the former MP in wake of their credible performance in the Council elections from LAC. Apparently, the loyalists were irked by the reported ‘compromise' reached between the treasury benches and the main opposition on the land allotment issue, which was evident from both sides stepping down from their stated positions. Government's hint that it was not averse to constitute a House committee after a debate on the subject appeared to have forced the Jagan loyalists to mount an offensive. “We are not opposed to a JLC but we want the panel to cover all allotments made since 1994, so that the lapses during Mr. Chandrababu Naidu's tenure come out,” Congress MLA G.Srikant Reddy told reporters here. Taking the battle to Mr. Naidu's camp, the Jagan loyalists alleged that Mr. Naidu had avoided debates on key issues during the current session with a fear that “favouritism” shown by his dispensation would come out. This was evident from the fact that Mr. Naidu's MLAs disrupted the House on Samaikhyandhra slogan for over a week and then stalled proceedings demanding Joint Legislature Committee.

MLAs G. Srikanth Reddy, Konda Surekha, Shoba Nagi Reddy and others who carried placards “denouncing” Mr. Naidu's frequently changing stand said the legislature panel should inquire into the land allotted to Raheja's and IMG's Billy Rao and Mr. Naidu owed an explanation on what considerations had prevented the then government from protecting the State's interests in Krishna-Godavari basin gas reserves.

“They (Mr. Naidu and others) should take on Mr. Jagan politically if they can, instead of indulging in mud slinging on YSR,” Mr. Srikanth Reddy said.

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