Will the Congress high command initiate action against YS Jagan Mohan Reddy? If so, how soon?
An alleged leak from the party corridors in Delhi on Monday that a showcause notice was being served on Jagan triggered intense speculation in the Congress circles on what is in store for the young MP from Kadapa.
It all began in the afternoon when a national channel beamed the ‘breaking news’ that the Congress high command had decided to seek an explanation from Jagan for his utterances against the party leadership during his ongoing Odarpu yatra. Vernacular channels picked up the news quickly and some went to town claiming that the MP would be “expelled” after his reply for the notice was received.
Things, however, changed within a couple of hours. Union Law Minister and party’s AP affairs incharge Veerappa Moily, who returned from London, dismissed the ‘breaking news’ as baseless. But, not many were willing to buy his statement.
According to party insiders, the leak was intended to test the Jagan camp and see his reaction to such a threat from Delhi. Unlike the past three days when he castigated the party leadership in general and Chief Minister K Rosaiah in particular, Jagan did not make any political statements during his tour to East Godavari on Monday. Party sources said Moily had been asked to submit a detailed report on Odarpu Yatra and the statements made by Jagan. Based on this, the party would decide its the next course of action. While Jagan believes his “suicide squad” among the Congress legislators numbers at least 30-40, the party leadership in the state and Delhi, feel less than a dozen would be ready to leave the party even in the worst-case scenario.
For Delhi, though, everything seems to be happening as expected.
If only Jagan had made his Odarpu Yatra apolitical as he claimed, the leadership would not have had enough justification to act against him though Sonia was not in favour of his tour. But, Jagan quickly forgot what he himself had professed and made the tour more political and less personal.
The presence of some MLAs during his tour of East Godavari in the next couple of days might embolden him to up the ante further – exactly the opportunity that Delhi is waiting for.
“We are giving a long rope for Jagan to hang himself,” was how a Congress leader remarked in Delhi. For the record, spokesman Manish Tewari said: “Everything in Congress will happen as per procedure. The same will apply to Jagan too.” Perhaps, on cue from Delhi, Congress MPs and ministers went overboard in attacking Jagan on Monday with some of them even suggesting that he was just a “family successor” of the late YSR and certainly, not his political heir.
courtesy: The Indian Express