Jagan Mohan Reddy read Sonia Gandhi’s script: TDP

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TDPHYDERABAD: The speech of YSR Congress president Jaganmohan Reddy at ‘Samikya Sankharavam’ on Saturday evoked sharp reactions from rival parties with Telugu Desam Party (TDP) accusing him of pandering to the wishes of the Congress party while Seemandhra Congress leaders said Jagan was in a tacit understanding with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

Referring to Jagan’s rhetoric, TDP legislator Payyavula Keshav said the YSR Congress chief read out the script written by the Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Jagan’s party has joined hands with both the Congress and TRS, he said. “Samaikya Sankharavam was in sync with the agenda of the Congress party and Jagan’s speech was a testimony to that. Clearly, the script was written by Sonia Gandhi,” said Keshav. “TRS supports Jagan. TRS cadre attended the public meeting,” he added.

Keshav questioned as to why the TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao and Telangana Political Joint Action Committee (TJAC) chairman M Kodandaram, who had earlier owed to stop ‘Samaikya Sankharavam’ allowed the meeting to take place.

Taking a similar stance, Congress MP from Vijayawada Lagadapati Rajagopal wondered why Jagan did not utter a word against KCR during his speech. “If he had been sincere to the cause of Samaikyandhra, then Jagan would have criticized the TRS and its president KCR. His silence on KCR speaks volumes about his clandestine political alliances,” said Rajagopal. Jagan who is yearning to be the chief minister is wooing both the Congress and TRS, he added.

However, the TRS rubbished the reports of Jagan having an “understanding” with the party. “It is childish to assume that TRS has joined hands with Jagan when the YSR Congress is coming in the way of formation of Telangana. In fact, we strongly condemn Jagan’s speech which is clearly intended to mislead the public against the division. He conducted the meeting only to garner votes from the Seemandhra region,” said B Vinod Kumar, a politburo member of TRS.

In his speech, Jagan claimed that his party with 30 MPs would support any party or coalition that opposes the division. “We don’t want to attach any value to his claims,” said Nagam Janardan Reddy, a senior BJP leader and MLA from Nagarkurnool. “He said he would support the coalition that opposes the division. But, where is the coalition when both NDA and UPA favour division? If he is talking about the Third Front, then he should realize that it would not be a reality.”