Jagan Loyalists time up?
Looks like the Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy murder will continue to haunt the Y.S. Jagan government for a long time. While Viveka murder has been pointing fingers at Jagan’s cousin and YSRCP leader Avinash Reddy, the AP Chief Minister’s recent visit to Delhi to meet the BJP’s bosses also apparently was for this purpose.
Sources in the political circles say that Jagan has been running pillar to post as Avinash Reddy is likely to be arrested in the murder of Jagan’s uncle Vivekananda Reddy. The murder created a sensation in the state of Andhra Pradesh where YSRCP planned to win the election over the sympathy of his uncle’s death.
Meanwhile, the YSRCP also planned to pin the murder on the TDP during elections. However, the party’s plan did not work when Vivekananda Reddy’s daughter Sunitha Reddy came out and told the media that she doesn’t trust the Jagan government and requested the Centre for a CBI enquiry.
The latest development is that Kadapa MP Avinash Reddy has now been questioned by the CBI over the murder of Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy. After several months of dilly-dallying and state’s excesses, the CBI for the first time questioned Avinash Reddy in the case. In the next round, the CBI will question the MP again soon. Going by how the noose is tightening around the MP, it looks like the Centre too is distancing itself from the YSRCP.
Given that the BJP and YSRCP are in an alliance, it looks like the political equations are set to change in Andhra Pradesh. And, with this case now with the CBI, it is evident that Jagan’s loyalists may not really be protected anymore and that the law may catch up to them. If that happens, only time will decide how Jagan will survive politically in AP.
TEJASWINI PAGADALA is an independent communications consultant. She has previously worked with the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office as the Communications Officer where she has written English speeches for the CM, managed English media communication from the CMO and handled social media accounts of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and the Government.