Fight for legacy in Andhra: Cong puts out YSR diaries

Congress leaders gathered at the launch of Padayatra: My Diary asserted that only the Congress could claim the political legacy of the late YSR and “unlike his family members” he was committed to the party.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 8, 2012 2:16:56 am

The Congress on Friday made yet another attempt to wrest the political legacy of late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy by releasing the former Andhra Pradesh chief minister’s diaries — written during his 2003 padayatra and compiled in a book — which contained glowing references to his loyalty to the Congress and the Nehru-Gandhi family.

Congress leaders gathered at the launch of Padayatra: My Diary asserted that only the Congress could claim the political legacy of the late YSR and “unlike his family members” he was committed to the party.

As Congress leaders gathered at Andhra Bhawan here to recall YSR’s association with the Congress,the YSR Congress,founded by his son Jagan Mohan Reddy,continued to claim his political legacy by raising issues concerning the people in the state.

The late chief minister’s wife Vijayalakshmi on Friday staged a sit-in in Hyderabad demanding extension of

fee reimbursement scheme (‘Fees Dakshina’) to all students without any restrictions. Since they quit the Congress and founded their own party,Jagan and his mother have been organising agitations and rallies castigating the Kiran Kumar Reddy government for undermining the schemes launched by YSR.

At the function at Andhra Bhawan,Union minister Vayalar Ravi said YSR’s legacy rests only with the Congress,which had made him a big leader and chief minister. “Unlike his family members,YSR was a hardcore Gandhi family loyalist who never crossed the laxman rekha,” said Union minister and AICC general secretary in charge of Andhra Pradesh Ghulam Nabi Azad.

He said YSR used to fight within the party but whenever it reached a flashpoint,“he always accepted the leadership’s decision”.

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