Hyderabad: Former minister and senior Congress leader J C Diwakar Reddy on Thursday stated that he was willing to put a wager of Rs 1 lakh that YSR Congress Party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy could not topple the N Kiran Kumar Reddy government.
Talking to media persons on the Assembly premises, Mr Diwakar Reddy said that there was no chance of the government collapsing and added that he would ready to bet Rs 1 lakh that no one could collapse Kiran Kumar Reddy government.
Admitting that while the death of former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy was a major loss, the former minister said Mr Jaganmohan Reddy’s quitting the Congress was not a setback.
“The Congress party will recover from the loss of Dr YSR and its past glory would be revived,” he said.
Stating that some Congress leaders are behaving like a cat on the wall, Mr Diwakar Reddy said that if the party was not in power, these leaders would have joined YSR Congress Party.
“Some district leaders were joining Mr Jaganmohan Reddy after witnessing his thumping win in the by-elections despite deploying of large number of Ministers for campaigning,” he admitted.
“However some leaders are continuing on in the Congress to complete their pending works through government and to enjoy Ministers’ posts,” the former minister stated.
Admitting that some section of Congress leaders in Anantapur district are supporting the Jagan’s Odarpu yatra, he said “I am a loyal Congress worker and never cooperate with him”.
When asked whether he would join the YSR Congress Party since his services are not recognised in the party, Mr Diwakar Reddy avoided answering by laughing off the question.
He added that he would represent the opinion of Seemandhra leaders on the contentious issue of bifurcation before the High Command. (INN)