Rahul R and Inkeshaf A
YSRC chief Jagan Mohan Reddy’s tryst with CBI began today from his Lotus Pond residence in Jubilee Hills, around 10.15am. He came out and got into his SUV with close associate A Nani, Eluru MLA, and two bodyguards.
But all the police rings could not prevent some 20 Jagan-supporters who clambered on to the vehicle. Some were hanging by the side and some sat atop.Jagan got down at Panjagutta crossroads and garlanded his father YSR’s statue before proceeding to the Dilkhusha Guest House on Raj Bhavan Road where the CBI officials were waiting. He reached there in 20 minutes as the roads — both Panjagutta and Raj Bhavan — and all the alleys were closed to traffic.
A large crowd had followed Jagan’s vehicle and people thronged along the way to the guest house. The police allowed only a skeleton presence of the media in the guest house vicinity and kept out the rest.
Jagan-backers were seen having heated exchanges with policemen. The whole stretch of Raj Bhavan Road was dotted with Rapid Action Force and armed police. The police snuffed out all normal life on this road by forcing closure of all shops. Traffic along the arterial Panjagutta Road had been thinned out by late morning, anticipating trouble. Everywhere policemen with or without carbines were keeping vigil.
Meanwhile, reports said TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, who is campaigning at Guntur was keeping track of developments here via mobile phone. YSRC leaders B Govardhan and K Ramakrishna said the vendetta politics of the Congress and TDP would not affect the fortunes of their party. Most Congress and TRS leaders watched the Jagan show on TV.Meanwhile, irate Jagan-supporters damaged an APSRTC bus in Vansasthalipuram NGO’s colony.