Wed, 07 Jul 2010 08:44:06 GMT

Defiant Jagan to resume Odarpu yatra

Hyderabad/New Delhi: A defiant Y S Jaganmohan left for Srikakulam on Wednesday evening to resume his 'Odarpu yatra' from Thursday, coinciding with his father YSR's birth anniversary, even as Chief Minister K Rosaiah asked his Cabinet colleagues and party legislators not to join him.

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Rosaiah rushed to Delhi and met Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and said that there was no threat to his government following the yatra.

Congress also sought to downplay Jagan's move saying it was not worried about such an issue.

"There are far greater issues to deal with, like the Jammu and Kashmir situation and the economy. This is not an issue on which we are worried about. This is an issue of one MP," party spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan told reporters in Delhi.

Asked whether Jaganmohan had defied the party directive by undertaking the yatra, Natarajan said, "I am sure the MP knows what the party line is".

She said the AICC in-charge of Andhra Pradesh M Veerappa Moily (who is currently abroad) will look into the issue at the state level.

Jagan boarded the Falaknuma Express at 4 pm at the Secunderabad railway station as scores of his cheering followers saw him off. None of the Congress MLAs, considered close to the rebellious MP, came to the railway station to see Jagan off following his "instructions".

Earlier, Rosaiah made it clear that his Cabinet colleagues and party legislators should not join the tour as the Congress high command has not given a nod to it.

"Whether or not to take part in the yatra is an individual choice but if any minister, MLA or MLC indeed takes part in the yatra, it will be a clear violation of the high command," Rosaiah told reporters in Hyderabad.

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