Initially, the MLAs, who switched to the Congress over some differences with the Kadapa MP, Jagan, were welcomed by Congress but the party suddenly seems to have developed a cold feet on Monday, Nov 21.
Media reports show how Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) chief Botsa Satyanarayana and senior Congress leaders expressed their doubts about Jagan's "loyalists' return" to Congress.
Congress leaders wanted to know whether the MLAs" renewed love for the party is related to the difficulties they were facing to get work done in their respective constituencies or they were forced to return to the party while maintaining ties with Jagan Mohan.
Here it can be recalled that 26 Congress MLAs, who had submitted their resignations in support of Jagan, met Speaker N Manohar requesting not to consider their resignations.
What is prompting the MLAs, who gravitated to Jagan two months back, to do a rethink on their decision is the 'cold-shoulder' given to them by the Kadapa MP. In a recent meeting with the MLAs and some senior leaders, who were supposed to be backing him, Jagan reportedly spoke harshly and even suggested that those "who are finding it uneasy here" can go back to the Congress.
Jagan particularly spit fire on a legislator from Telangana and a couple of other leaders, leaving other MLAs red-faced. Another factor in favour of Congress is that the TRS' plan of 'attracting' some more Congress and TDP MLAs into its fold under 'Operation Akarsh' has hit a roadblock amid indications that the Central government may announce its decision on the separate statehood issue soon.