Sunday, April 10, 2011

Case against Jagan at Sonia’s behest

sonia gandhi
p sankara rao

Case against Jagan at Sonia’s behest

VIZIANAGARAM: Handloom and Textiles Minister P Shankar Rao on Friday stirred a hornet’s nest with a “revelation” that he had written to the High Court against the late YSR’s son YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at the behest of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

“AICC president Sonia Gandhi knows everything that is happening in Andhra Pradesh,” he said during an informal interaction with journalists at Bobbili. Shankar Rao, a controversial leader, was at his “candid” best, professing his loyalty to the Congress and opening up on the case against Jagan.

“I am the best loyalist of the Congress party and also its best worker,” he claimed.

“Every action and reaction in and around the party in the state is being directed by party president Sonia Gandhi,” he said and added for good measure: “In fact, I filed a case in the court (against Jagan) only on Madam’s directions.” In the mood to “spill the beans,” he further claimed to have helped the late YS Rajasekhara Reddy graduate in medicine.

“I influenced the medical college people of Gulbarga to give good marks to YS Rajasekhara Reddy to complete his MBBS degree,” Shankar Rao boasted. In Srikakulam too, he took potshots at Jagan, alleging that the former MP’s newspaper was practising yellow journalism.

The high court, treating Shankar Rao’s letter containing corruption charges against Jagan as a petition, has taken up hearing on the same.

The Minister also exhibited his temper at a press conference when he received a call on his mobile.

Finding his assistant standing at a distance, he called him and tossed the mobile at him, reprimanding him for not being nearby.