The principle opposition YSR Congress Party's chief and leader of opposition in Andrha Pradesh assembly YS Jaganmohan Reddy's meeting with union home minister Rajnath Singh yesterday in New Delhi is raising eyebrows among political circles on the very purpose of the meeting. According to his political opponents, this meeting has once again exposed the chinks in YSRC which hinges on future of the CBI cases against Jaganmohan Reddy.
It may be recalled that he had already spent over 16 months in Chanchalaguda Jail as an undertrial during the investigations. He has been facing as many as 11 CBI casesin the CBI probed disproportionate assets case and the Quid Pro Quo charges related to the period of his father YS Rajasekhar Reddy as chief minister of united Andhra Pradesh. If the court accepts the CBI charges, then Jaganmohan Reddy may need to spend another 4 to 5 years in jail for cheating, misuse of public office and finally violation of public trust.
Though for public consumption Jaganmohan Reddy has asked the centre to speed up the assistance and special package to Andhra Pradesh, political circles beleving that he had a different agenda in Delhi. He had appraised the Home minister on the alleged false and politically motivated cases against him hoisted by the CBI at the behest of the ruling clique of Sonia Gandhi then.
He also explained how he was arrested and made to spend time in prison when most of the ministers under YSR who had minted billions went scot free and remained untouched. According to Home Ministry officials Jaganmohan Reddy had submitted documents and newspaper clippings to show that he was innocent and he had not asked any one to invest in his companies.
"I had not even entered the Secretariat at any moment during my father's life time and tenure," he said. He has also reportedly explained the trauma his family had to go through after his father's death.
According to srouces, the YSRC chief also complained that the TDP government, particularly Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu witch hunting him and his family. How the TDP government has hit the family business of Bharathi's mining and cancelled the mining leases in Kadapa district. "The ED has seized our properties, FDs and also bank accounts even as the trial was underway and no judgement has been delivered," Jagan is believed to have told the home minister.
In this regard, it is interest to note that the YSRC has shown inclination to work with the BJP in Telangana and also at the national level as the national party is already in league with the TDP in Andhra Pradesh. Jaganmohan Reddy also reportedly had offered support of about 6-7 MPs to the BJP in the parliament in crucial issues whenever needed.