Jago Jagan, Wake up!

June 4th, 2010
By Priyak Mitra
The only thing Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy highlighted by his outburst against Chief Minister K. Rosaiah was his political immaturity and the fact that he still has a long way to go before he can fill his late father’s shoes.
The Mahbubabad violence took place in the first place because Jagan went ahead with his odarpu yatra despite getting clear signals from the Congress high command to put it off.
The violence can be better explained by the young MP’s “over ambitious politics” and his opposition to the division of the state rather than by any un-preparedness on the chief minister’s part. Rather than playing blame games and holding the chief minister responsible for the violence, Jagan needs to introspect on what went wrong during the yatra and where.
With his decision to continue with the odarpu yatra, Jagan is also alienating himself with the party high command.
The Kadapa MP had to eat humble pie as within hours of his press conference in Delhi stating that the Congress leadership had given him the “go ahead”, AICC in-charge of state affairs, Veerappa Moily, had to clarify that he did not tell Jagan to continue with the yatra. To make matters worse, even his “loyalists” are miffed with him for his anti-Rosaiah stance.
Whereas Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy slowly worked up the political ladder and took 25 years to reach where he was at the time of his death, Reddy junior seems to be in a hurry and wants to “fast-track” his political career. He is yet to learn that the journey up the ladder of politics and power is not always easy. Power comes with loyalty, service, charisma, dedication and most importantly, patience.
Jaganmohan Reddy’s political ambitions were abundantly clear even before the last rites of his father were completed. The party high-command’s decision of appointing K. Rosaiah at the helm after YSR’s death did not obviously go down well with Jagan but he decided to play along thinking it was a temporary arrangement.
With it now being clear that Rosaiah’s appointment is not a “stop-gap arrangement”, his odarpu yatra to console the kin of those who died of shock after hearing the news of YSR’s death comes across as a desperate measure.
The resistance of pro-Telangana activists to the yatra is Jagan’s own making. He had joined Telegu Desam MPs in Parliament, rushing to the Well of the House in support of an united Andhra Pradesh. He had been asked by the Congress high command to put off the yatra, but he did not pay heed. The violence that ensued in Mahbubabad
not only put the Congress in bad light but also gave a shot-in-the arm to the Telangana Rasthra Samithi.
It’s time Jagan steps into his father’s shoes, wins over the confidence of all groups and sections and only then enter the race for the CM’s gaddi.


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