Member of Parliament Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy Friday said Congress president Sonia Gandhi was like his mother and asked the party cadre to strengthen her leadership.
The young MP and son of late chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was addressing a meeting organised at Kadapa to mark the birth anniversary of father of nation Mahatma Gandhi.
He also forecast that party general secretary Rahul Gandhi would become the prime minister.
Jagan’s remarks are seen as an attempt to clear the “misunderstanding” that he was unhappy with the party’s central leadership for ignoring the demand of his followers to make him the chief minister.
Jagan was in Kadapa to attend a prayer meeting organised on the occasion of one month of his father’s death in a helicopter crash.
Some followers of the 37-year-old first time MP from Kadapa recently tore a poster in Khammam Congress office carrying picture of Sonia Gandhi. Jagan’s camp, however, denied this and blamed his rivals within the party for trying to create a divide between him and the central leadership.
Jagan also announced a donation of Rs.2 million from YSR Foundation to the chief minister’s Relief Fund for flood victims.