The Congress’ decision to isolate party MLAs loyal to the YSR Congress appears to be working, if the developments of the last few days are any indication.
The resignation submitted by Alur MLA P. Neeraja Reddy citing non-cooperation from officials and alleged harassment by the ruling party leaders in her constituency is seen as the first example of the decision by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and APCC president Botcha Satyanarayana.
Party circles confirm that for the past few months, the rebel MLAs are at the receiving end in their constituencies, with no developmental works or funds being released.
The legislators have been virtually pushed to a corner and increasingly contend that they are being victimised for being loyal to the late YSR.
While over a dozen MLAs have prepared themselves for any eventuality, as they are firm on backing Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, a few others are caught in a piquant situation over their divided loyalties.
Sources said Ms. Neeraja Reddy, who had moved with the Jagan camp for some time, was facing a tough time from the Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy group in Kurnool district. Adding to her woes was the delay in the release of funds for developmental works, forcing her to put in her papers.
The APCC chief and the Chief Minister were quick to act by trying to counsel the MLA against resigning. Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Mr. Botcha Satyanarayana asked three Ministers – Shatrucharla Vijayarama Raju, T.G.Venkatesh and E. Pratap Reddy – to redress her grievance. Hindu