YSR Congress men on fast against CBI's report

Four members of YSR Congress on Thursday launched ‘indefinite fast’ at the Collectorate, demanding deletion of references to the late Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy in the CBI's preliminary report of probe against his son, Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, in disproportionate assets case.

The report was filed in AP High Court recently.

Speaking on the occasion, YSR Congress leaders M. Rajasekhar and L. Appi Reddi said the late leader was a ‘great leader of masses’ and condemned the CBI report.

Meanwhile, the ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh today said it is ready to face bypolls if the resignations of 26 MLAs, who quit in support of Kadapa MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, are accepted.

"Is it preventable? If elections come, we have to be prepared. If resignations are made, we have to see the alternatives. We have to do our work in the interest of the party,” State Congress President Botsa Satyanarayana told reporters here.

He was asked if the state Congress is gearing up to face the polls if it becomes inevitable.

Satyanarayana asserted that the Congress does not need to persuade the Congress MLAs to take back their resignations.

"Do we need to request or run after someone who says that they don't want to remain in the party."

He alleged that attempts are being made to make the legislators quit their posts by offering huge sums of money. There is no possibility of the Jagan-led YSR Congress winning even a single seat in the bypolls and if it does, it is like opening flood gates for corruption, Satyanarayana alleged.

The PCC President hit out at Jagan for seeking to derive political mileage by harping on his late father Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, whose name reportedly figures in an FIR filed by CBI in the cases involving the Kadapa MP.

As many as 26 MLAs - 24 from Congress and two from TDP, quit their posts on August 22 in protest against Rajasekhara Reddy's name figuring in the FIR.

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