Jagan calls up Mamata, latter extends moral support on Telangana issue

Hyderabad, Oct 10: Which way will the YSR Congress finally tilt by the time the national polls are here? According to a report published in Anandabazaar Patrika on Thursday, party chief Jagan Mohan Reddy, who has been holding a fast protest against the creation of Telangana, rang up Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday. The latter told him that her party is always against division of states and will extend a moral support to the YSR Congress on this issue, the report said.

Banerjee is also facing a challenge over the creation of Gorkhaland in her own state in the wake of the Telangana fiasco and has expressed her displeasure with the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.

This is not the first time that the leaders of TMC and YSR Congress have spoken with each other. In July, Banerjee had called up YSR Congress's honorary secretary YS Vijayamma and spoke with her over the national political situation. Banerjee had told Vijayamma that like-minded parties should explore the possibility of coming together before the Lok Sabha polls and urged the latter to speak on the issue with her son, Jagan, who was in jail then.

Mamata had called up YS Vijayamma in July over a probable 'coming together'

Vijayamma, meanwhile on Wednesday, met BJP president Rajnath Singh and Left leaders like D Raja, Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury in New Delhi over the Telangana issue. She requested Singh to stick to LK Advani's earlier resolution which that the state should be bifurcated either through an assembly resolution or by the second States Reorganisation Commission.

The YSR Congress leader avoided questions on a possible alliance with the BJP, saying it was the right to talk on the issue at a time when Andhra Pradesh is burning.

A section of the BJP, however, feels that the YSR Congress has a tacit understanding with the Congress and is looking for a cause to counter the Congress's move on Telangana, which has taken the winds out of its sail.

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