Jagan resumes 'Odarpu' Yatra: Now It Congress high command to make choice to strengthen or weaken its own in APs

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Brushing aside reservations of the party high command, the Congress MP, Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Thursday resumed his controversial 'Odarpu yatra' in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh
Mr Jagan arrived at Ichapuram in the district from Hyderabad by Faluknuma Express and was received by thousands of his fans and Congress workers.
The young leader unveiled a statue of late Rajasekhar Reddy on the occasion of his father YSR's birth anniversary.
He later paid tributes to his father at the 'Vijaya Vatika', which was built to mark the culmination of the state-wide 'padayatra' undertaken by Rajasekhar Reddy ahead of 2004 assembly elections.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Jagan said he does not feel lonely as his father had given him a huge family that comprised the whole of Andhra Pradesh.
Later, he left for Loddaputti village to console the family of Pyla Chandramma who died following the death of death of his father last year.
However on Wednesday the Congress high command said that it will take action against Kadapa MP, Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, over his Odarpu Yatra only after the by-elections in Telangana region get over.
Congress sources said that the high command was taking a serious view of Jagan’s decision to resume the yatra despite a clear warning not to do so. But it does not want to precipitate issues and issue a show cause notice to him at this juncture because of the possible impact on the by-elections.
He met several Congress leaders and MLAs from the morning at his Sagar Society residence and also talked with his family friend and Rajya Sabha member, Dr K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao, before setting out.
The PCC Secretary, Mr Ambati Rambabu, a strong supporter of Jagan, made a scathing attack on the Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, accusing him of creating hurdles for the tour.
“Is it not Mr Rosaiah’s responsibility to visit the families of those who died after YSR’s demise?” he asked. “How can the Chief Minister celebrate his birthday in a big way even before the completion of one year of great leader’s death? How can he ask MLAs not to join an MP’s tour?”
He alleged that the Chief Minister deliberately arranged for the Assembly session to start from Wednesday to prevent MLAs and ministers from participating in the birth anniversary celebrations of YSR on July 8.
Later, at a hurriedly arranged media conference, the ministers, Mr Gade Venkata Reddy, Mr Dharmana Prasada Rao and Mr Ponnala Laxmaiah, flayed the statement of Mr Rambabu and said the Chief Minister had nothing to do with Jagan’s yatra and it was solely an issue between the MP and the party high command.
They added that the decision to convene the Assembly session from July 7 was taken by the entire cabinet and not by the Chief Minister alone.


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