Wednesday, November 6, 2013

YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to take united Andhra Pradesh message to states

HYDERABAD: After opposing the decision of Congress-led government at the centre to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, YSR Congress party president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy now contemplates to seek the support of various national and regional political parties against state bifurcation.

Jagan, who recently obtained the permission from a CBI court to tour all across Andhra, has on Wednesday moved the court seeking nod to tour around the country to mobilise support of political parties to keep the state united.

The CBI court granted bail on September 23 to Jagan, son of late Congress strongman and Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, who was in jail for 16 months facing corruption charges.

According to political analysts, Jagan has the potential to change the trajectory of AP politics just as the state struggles to come to terms with a plan which will bifurcate it to create Telangana state. While granting bail to Jagan, the CBI court had said he cannot leave Hyderabad without its permission, should not attempt to influence witnesses and must submit two personal guarantees.

In a petition filed before the CBI court, Jagan said he intends to meet leaders of various political parties both regional and national to impress upon them on the stand his party adopted on state bifurcation issue and mobilise their support.

He said he was planning to \"try to convince all the national political leaders\" on the stand adopted by the YSR Congress and \"bring a consensus against the division of the state.\" While political parties have been split on the regional lines after the Congress said on July 30 that it would carve out Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh, YSR Congress is the only political outfit that has openly opposed bifurcation and is seeking to keep the state united.

The court\'s permission to freely tour around the country could help Jagan, who showed his mettle by sweeping byelections last year, to strategise better for alliances both at state and national level.

Jagan in his petition said he would be required to meet leaders across the country and also the Parliament members of other states including various leaders of regional parties of other states like Mamata Banerjee of TMC on the issue.
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