MP loyal to Jagan quits, another to follow suit

August 24th, 2011 - 1:37 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi/Hyderabad, Aug 24 (IANS) Congress MP Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy Wednesday resigned to protest the inclusion of late Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s name in a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) first information report (FIR) against his son Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy.

The MP from Nellore submitted his resignation to Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar while another MP from Anakapalli, Sabbam Hari, announced his decision to quit in a few days.

Hari told reporters this was his last parliament session.

“There is a possibility of another MP submitting his resignation and he has asked me to wait for a week and that is the reason I have not resigned today,” Hari said.

Both Rajamohan and Hari are loyal to Jagan, as the president of YSR Congress party and the MP from Kadapa, is popularly known.

Rajamohan resigned two days after 29 state legislators including 26 from the ruling Congress party submitted their resignations to protest what they call the conspiracy to humiliate YSR, as the late chief minister was popularly known.

Rajamohan recalled that after YSR’s death in a helicopter crash in 2009, all the MPs and legislators had signed a letter urging the leadership to make Jagan the chief minister but they took a u-turn when the leadership turned down their demand.

The CBI had included YSR’s name in the FIR though Andhra Pradesh High Court had not given any such direction, Rajamohan claimed.

The CBI, in its FIR against Jagan and 71 others, said he conspired with YSR to dole out favours to companies which invested in his businesses in a quid-pro-quo arrangement.

Rajamohan termed the CBI probe against Jagan a witch-hunt for leaving Congress party. He also alleged that Congress and the opposition Telugu Desam Party have colluded to target Jagan.

“All these conspiracies will not succeed because Jagan has people’s support. They want his leadership,” he claimed.

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