Congress and allies scared of YSR
The nexus between congress and YSR congress is surfacing as none of the congress leaders are prepared to criticize their ex boss even on high command’s direction.
In spite of public knowledge that YSR swindled the state and doled out its natural resources – land, mines, water to his faithfuls and in turn filled up his sons money box, the congress men and also secret allies of the ruling party like TRS are scared to attack him.
The YSR and Jaganmohan Reddy factor appears to have the Congress tied in knots as its leaders are not able to agree on what should be their plank for the bypolls that are likely to take place in a couple of months from now.
Some Congress leaders are all for convincing the electorate that a vote for Jagan would mean a vote for Telangana, but not all are ready to toe this line and disown late chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. Minor irrigation minister TG Venkatesh is for raising the spectre of Telangana and caution the voters that a vote for Jagan would mean a vote for Telangana.
Leaders like PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana and Rajya Sabha member JD Seelam are for disowning the legacy of YS Rajasekhara Reddy despite benefiting from YSR’s largesse. Congress high command is picked over the revolt of former Union minister A Sai Pratap and YSR’s brother Y.S Vivekananda Reddy from Kadapa district who threatened that he would quit the Congress in case the ruling party criticized YSR. Two of the 18 assembly seats where bypolls are due fall in the Rajampet Lok Sabha constituency in Kadapa district.
Many are skeptical about the efficacy of the YSR-bashing. “Barring a few ministers who were picked by chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, the other cabinet ministers have no guts to speak against YSR as all of them were party to all the decisions taken by the late chief minister directly or indirectly,” a senior leader commented.