Sunday, November 27, 2011

Congress, TDP to target Jagan group of MLAs

Congress, TDP to target Jagan group of MLAs

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Whatever be the fate of the no-confidence motion that the Telugu Desam intends to move against the Kiran Kumar Reddy Cabinet in the ensuing Winter Session of the Assembly, it is certain that the YSR Congress led by Kadapa MP Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, is going to take a beating. The Congress and the Telugu Desam are extremely concerned over the support Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy can muster, though for very different reasons.

The no-confidence motion is being used by the TD as a means of convincing its critics that the Jagan Mohan Reddy group of MLAs is not really interested in destabilising the Kiran Kumar Reddy government, as they claim, and that their real intention is to support the Congress. As such the YSR Congress cannot be called an Opposition party. As far as the ruling party is concerned, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has been able to muster the support of some of the MLAs who had earlier pledged loyalty to Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy. He is confident that the “whole lot” of 28 MLAs of the Jagan group will vote against the no-confidence motion thus weakening his future prospects in politics. In a way, both the TD and the Congress are now targeting the Jagan group of MLAs to cut it down to size.

Mr Sabbam Hari, MP from Anakapalle and a key supporter of Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy, said that if the TD is sincere in moving the no-confidence motion, it should also insist on a division without resorting to a walkout. “If there is going to be a division (voting) in the House on the motion, I am sure some Jagan loyalist MLAs will vote in favour of the motion and be prepared to face disqualification,” Mr Hari said.