War of words between AP Congmen, Jagan loyalists continues

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Hyderabad, Jan 27 (PTI) The war of words betweenruling Congress leaders and those loyal to Y S Jagan MohanReddy continued today with a few Ministers and other leaderscriticising the latter who dared Andhra Pradesh Chief MinisterN Kiran Kumar Reddy to move a confidence motion in Assembly.

Ministers D Nagender, S Sailajanath and other Congressleaders asserted that the party-led Government had fullmajority in the House and there is no threat to it.

"The Government has full strength. If anyone saysotherwise, it will be unwise on their part. This governmentcame to power with full majority. There may be a few who mayswitch loyalties. But overall, there is no doubt about thestrength of Congress," Labour Minister Nagender toldreporters.

"We don''t know whether there will be a floor test ornot. If anyone tries for a floor test, they are in for adisappointment," he said.

Finding fault with some Jagan-loyalist MLAs daring theCM for a vote of confidence, Education Minister Sailajanathsaid those who do not have confidence in the government canmove a no-trust motion. "We have absolute majority. Thisgovernment will continue in office for its full term."

Social Welfare Minister P Balaraju said suchchallenges by the Jagan-loyalists are not good. "MLAs, thosewho worked as Ministers should not throw such challenges. Thisis not the time for challenges."

Asserting that Congress would deal appropriately withthe challenges of Jagan-loyalists, AICC Secretary and CongressMLC P Sudhakar Reddy said the party high command would takeaction against the MLAs at an appropriate time. (More) PTI SJRRSY

Taking strong exception to reported comments of Chief Minister Reddy that the Jagan loyalists should quit theirposts and seek re-election, some MLAS asked him yesterday totable a confidence motion in the House if he was elected tothe Assembly without the goodwill of late Chief Minister Y SRajasekhara Reddy.

"There is no doubt in saying that all Congress MLAs inthe present house, including Kiran Kumar Reddy, have wonbecause of Rajasekhara Reddy. If someone feels that they havewon without Rajasekhara Reddy''s goodwill, they should quit. Ifyou have confidence, why don''t you move a confidence motionin the Assembly," Congress MLA Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose, astaunch loyalist of Jagan, and other MLAs said.

"If those who feel they did not win because of YSRquit their posts, we will also quit," Bose said.

The Jagan-loyalists objected to the alleged commentsof Kiran Reddy that he secured an appointment with formerPremier P V Narasimha Rao for late YSR and that he defendedJagan in the Assembly when Opposition parties alleged that hehad a hand in the killing of TDP MLA Paritala Ravi.

Meanwhile, leaders close to Jagan continued theircriticism of the Chief Minister.

Roja, popular South Indian actress and a leader in theJagan camp, asked why the CM is not responding to thechallenge of the legislators loyal to the former Kadapa MP.

Political observers, however, feel both sides may notactually want a floor test at this juncture. They don''t wantto destabilise the Government because Assembly elections arestill three years away, the observers said.

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