Hyderabad, Feb.11 (NSS): Finding fault with the attitude of former MP Mr YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s loyalists in branding the leaders, who were fans of late Dr YSR and were not sailing with Mr Jagan, as deceivers, MLC Mr Kandula Durgesh has said that encouraging personal loyalty would harm the democratic system.
Speaking to the media at CLP office here on Friday, Mr Durgesh said that late Dr YSR never spoke against the Congress party. Late Dr YSR used to say that without the party he was nothing, he said and added that after coming to power second time, Dr YSR, in his first meeting, stressed the need for strengthening the party to gain 41 MP seats and 220 MLA seats in 2014 elections. He said that all the leaders in the Congress party were working hard to strengthen the party on the lines of late Dr YSR.
Condemning the criticism against the Rajamundry MP Mr Undavalli Arun Kumar by Mr Jagan loyalists, Mr Durgesh said that Mr Undavalli has not disclosed the full text of YSR’s letter only with a view not to tarnish the image of late leader Dr YSR. It was no way betrayal of friendship, he said.
Mr Durgesh said that Mr Undavalli Arun Kumar recommended his name for the MLC seat, but Rajya Sabha MP Dr KVP Ramachandra Rao completed the process. He asked as to whom he was to be loyal– whether to Mr Undavalli or Dr KVP, or to the Congress party. He said that he was with the party for the last 25 years and added that as per Mr Jagan loyalists expectations he was to be loyal to Mr Undavalli not to the party. He said that the criticism against Mr Undavalli was nothing but maligning his image.
Releasing a CD comprising late Dr YSR’s speeches in Assembly, public meetings and party meetings, Mr Durgesh said that the late leader himself said that he was fortunate for being in the Congress party. He urged Mr Jagan loyalists to examine the speeches of Dr YSR.
Responding to a query, Mr Durgesh said that the PRP Chief Mr Chiranjeevi himself had given a clarification about irregularities occurred during Dr YSR’s rule. He said that it was present government’s job to examine whether the allegations of Mr Chiranjeevi were true or not.
It was not correct for Mr Jagan to say that no works were going on at Polavaram project, the MLC said and added that the clearance of the Technical Advisory Committee was fine example that the works were going on. He said that very soon the government would achieve national status to Polavaram project. (NSS)