Jailed Jagan still smiling, Congress faces ire in Andhra

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Ghulam Nabi Azad and Jagan
Hyderabad, Jun 5: A statement on YSR Congress chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy by AICC general secretary (Andhra Pradesh) Ghulam Nabi Azad invited the wrath of critics. Congress may land in a major trouble over the statement in which Azad claimed that Jagan could have become Union Minister and Chief Minister of the state if he would not have left the party.

Azad, during an election rally in Ongole on Monday, Jun 5, also pointed out how Jagan started facing trouble following his decision to break his ties with Congress.

Azad's statement caught the attention of YSR Congress party officials. Jagan's mother YS Vijayalakshmi, who began campaigning for the party after her son's arrest, asserted that Azad himself has revealed Congress' plan against Jagan.

Vijayalakshmi accused Azad and Congress party of bringing problem for Jagan who had walked out of Congress over some rifts and formed his new party after his father's name - YSR Congress.

It seems that Jagan, who has been sent to jail over some corruption cases, and his party members have received a chance to boost their campaigning while hurling scathing criticism at Congress.

Meanwhile, TD MLC Rajendra Prasad raised question and cursed Congress. "It is a shame for the Congress. Does Mr Azad want to say that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi would have rewarded Jagan, ignoring his corruption and financial frauds, if he remained loyal?" asked Prasad.

Andhra Pradesh is going to hold by-elections for 18 assembly constituencies and one Lok Sabha seat.

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