The decision by the Supreme Court to let a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry proceed into the assets of Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy will add another twist to the already-tangled politics of Andhra Pradesh. The agitation for a separate Telangana state has fractured the state along parochial lines, with the biggest political casualties being borne by the ruling Congress party, facing resignations by proponents for the new state. On the other hand, Jagan Reddy’s rebellion has also weakened the party in a state that was something of a bastion not so long ago.
The investigation into the rebel leader’s assets may not necessarily mean good news for the ruling party, given that these things tend to gain a momentum that’s not easy to keep in check. And, rather than turning into the prodigal son, a cornered rebel could be as likely to turn against the parent with even greater vehemence.