Ambati Rambabu's suspension 'painful': YS Jagan

Independent Media

The Congress MP, Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Sunday termed as "painful" the suspension of his close aide, Mr Ambati Rambabu, from the party.

He told reporters during his 'Odarpu yatra' in East Godavari district that he would take up the issue with the party's central leadership.

Mr Veerappa Moily, Congress general secretary in charge of party affairs in Andhra Pradesh, announced Mr Rambabu's suspension on Saturday night. Mr Rambabu, general secretary of the party's state unit, has been suspended for making certain remarks against the Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah.

While criticising the Chief Minister for asking ministers and legislators not to join Jagan's yatra, Mr Rambabu had allegedly remarked that Mr Rosaiah should be indebted to late Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy's family for becoming the Chief Minister.

"The suspension of Mr Rambabu has pained me," said Mr Jagan, who continued his yatra for the seventh day

During the yatra, the Kadapa MP was consoling the families of those who died of shock following his father YSR's death in a helicopter crash last year.

"What mistake have I committed that they will give a warning to me?" quipped Mr Jagan when a reporter asked if Mr Rambabu's suspension was a warning signal to those supporting him.

"The blessings of God and my late father are with those who are with me," he said and recalled that Mr Rambabu had accompanied his father during his 1,500-km long 'padyatra' across the state in 2003.

Meanwhile, Mr Rambabu said in Hyderabad that he had not received any communication from party leadership about his suspension. He pointed out that the party allows two weeks time for replying to a show cause notice. The notice on Rambabu was served July 9.

The Congress leadership in Delhi issued a statement on aturday night, announcing Mr Rambabu's suspension. Mr Jagan loyalists ask how he could be suspended when he still had time to reply.
Mr Moily, who had visited Hyderabad Friday, had ruled out any disciplinary action against Jagan saying 'Odarpu yatra' was his personal move.


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