Hyderabad: Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy, younger brother of late chief minister of Andhra Pradesh Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, said on Thursday that the YSR family was together and will continue to be together.
Talking to reporters after meeting his nephew and rebel Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, the newly sworn-minister Vivekananda said, “There are no fissures in the YSR family despite the fact that there were conflicts in loyalties.”
He cited certain examples of political families such as Madhav Rao Scindia where members of the family belonged to various political parties.
While Jagan, the parliament member from Kadapa, resigned to the Congress party membership and MP post on Monday, Viveka had on Tuesday made it clear that he will continue in the Congress party as a loyal worker.
He had even declared that he would contest against Jagan, whether from Assembly or Parliament constituency, if the Congress party central leadership asks him
Efforts of the YSR family members to patch up the strained relations between Viveka and Jagan at least twice on Tuesday proved futile, where Viveka refused to quit Congress and Jagan insisted on the entire family quit the party that had humiliated and maligned the YSR family.
Vivekananda was allotted plum Cabinet portfolio – agriculture, in a bid to checkmate Jagan in his native Kadapa district.
Despite protests by Jagan’s followers, Vivekananda made it clear that would neither quit the Cabinet berth allotted to him nor the Congress party.