The YSR Congress Party headed by Jaganmohan Reddy has written to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy urging him to call for an urgent assembly session to defeat the proposal to divide the state and carve out a separate Telangana.
The letter written by Jagan’s mother Vijayamma urges for an assembly session so that all like-minded leaders could join hands and defeat the resolution to create Telangana.
Kiran Kumar Reddy has not reacted to the letter, but he too is a known backer of the United Andhra cause. In all probability he is likely to convene this session in the month of November.
Kiran Reddy on numerous occasions has voiced his dissent against the formation of Telangana.
Although the opinion of the assembly does not have a bearing on the final decision on Telangana, it still would be an embarrassment for the Congress high command. On one hand they have favoured the formation of Telangana and on the other there is major dissent from their own party in the state.
The YSR Congress party is, however, very clear about its intentions. If one looks at the YSR Congress Party’s handling of the issue, it is clear that they have taken a U-turn. At first Jagan had said at the plenary that it would respect any decision taken by the ruling party. But today the party realises that the issue is no longer the Congress betrayal of Y S Rajasekara Reddy, but the main issue is the division of the state.
Hence they cannot flout the betrayal angle during the elections and have decided to become the champions of the united Andhra Pradesh cause.
The YSR Congress, which has a clear wave of support in the Seema-Andhra regions, is expecting to win 130 of the 175 assembly seats and 15 of the 25 parliamentary seats.
Image: YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy