Y S JAGANMOHAN Reddys handshake with TDP MPs may not have come as a surprise for the Congress in the Lok Sabha. After all,since the formation of Telangana was announced,Jaganmohan has been looking to put the state government and Centre on the backfoot.
The absence of TDP floor leader Nama Nageshwara Rao in the Lok Sabha when party MPs raised the issue also indicated that an arrangement had been worked out previously. Nageshwara Rao is MP from Khammam in Telangana.
Though things have been acrimonious between the TDP and Jaganmohan,with N Chandrababu Naidu accusing the late Y S R Rajasekhara Reddys son of being in cahoots with the Reddy brothers of Bellary,politics makes strange bedfellows.
Sources say that it was through Dr M V Mysura Reddy,the TDP Rajya Sabha MP who hails from YSR’s native place of Kadapa,that the distance was breached. Jaganmohan reportedly let it be known that if TDP MPs raised the Telangana issue in the Lok Sabha,he and Congress MPs supporting him would back them.
There were other indications of the brewing arrangement. While the Centre expected that Andhras local parties like the TDP and Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) would oppose the bifurcation of the state,the resignation of 82 Congress MLAs on the first day itself was a surprise.
When ministers hailing from Andhra and Rayalaseema closed ranks against Telangana the day after it was announced,it was quite obvious who was behind it. Ministers who were close to Jaganmohan took the lead. A majority of 15 ministers from Andhra and five ministers from Rayalaseema are Jaganmohan supporters. Municipal Administration Minister Anam Ramanaryana Reddy,a staunch loyalist of YSR,was the leader of the ministers who decided to quit. When Chief Minister K Rosaiah told them he would inform the Congress high command,and remained unfazed,they held their horses. They were hoping he would resign,which would have been an embarrassment for the high command, a source said.
Sources say Jaganmohan tried to use Vijayawada Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal,who was the first to resign. But once he started his united Andhra campaign and received a lot of support from coastal Andhra,he got out of Jaganmohans control. That is when Jaganmohan decided it was time to corner the Centre in the Lok Sabha, a source in the Andhra PCC said.