Hyderabad: In a setback to Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and a significant solace to the Congress party, Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy, younger brother of late chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, vowed to continue in Congress till his last breath just like what his late brother did.
This comes a day after Jagan resigning to the party membership and MP post on Monday accusing the Congress high command of humiliating his family and attempting to malign his late father Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s image.
Jagan has also alleged that the party central leadership stooped down to luring his uncle Vivekananda Reddy with a berth in the new chief minister Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy’s Cabinet, thereby creating fissures in the YSR family.
Refuting these allegations as unfounded, Vivekananda Reddy told reporters in Kadapa on Tuesday that he went to New Delhi on its own aspiring a Cabinet berth and met the party central leaders seeking their blessings.
“I am aspiring to grow in my political career like any politician does and I didn’t find anything wrong in aspiring for positions having dedicated my life to the party all these years,” said Vivekananda Reddy.
Vivekananda Reddy, who went to Idupulapaya estate and offered floral tributes at his late brother’s memorial, said he met Jagan and made it clear that “I will continue in the Congress party till my last breath.”
Further, YSR’s younger brother said he would contest against Jagan in the bye-elections if the party central leadership orders him to do so.
Saying that the Congress central leadership has duly rewarded the YSR family for its contribution to the party and society, Vivekananda Reddy said, “In fact, Madam Sonia Gandhi has assured me when I met her in New Delhi two days back that she would try to see that Jagan is also duly rewarded at an appropriate time.”
He said he went on his own to New Delhi, a visit which was also aimed at patching up the strained relations between Jagan and the party high command.
Responding to a query on whether he would accept a Cabinet berth in the changed circumstances, YSR’s brother said, “I am a strong loyal Congress worker and will abide by whatever the party high command orders me to do.”