The statement made by AICC AP incharge Gulam Nabi Azad that YS Jagan could have become chief minister had he continued in Congress pushed the ruling congress party leaders to a corner. The union minister made this statement during his election rallies in Tirupathi and Nellore district two days ago.
The top brass of State Congress are finding difficult to defend the statement of party incharge and instead launched a scathing attack on YSR Congress leader YS Vijayamma by alleging that she was trying to cash in on each and every issue for votes. “She (YS Vijayamma) and her daughter (Sharmila) have distorted the statement made by Azad only to get sympathy votes from people. This is nothing political opportunism,” PCC president Botsa Satyanarayan said during a press conference on Tuesday.
He tried to defend his party incharge by saying that YS Jagan would have faced CBI inquiry even if he became Congress Party CM. “He could have still faced CBI enquiry after becoming CM in our party. The congress party will never tolerate and protect corrupt politicians irrespective of the status of the leader,” he said.
On the other hand, realising his mistake, Gulam Nabi Azad sought to downplay the issue by saying that the media misinterpreted his statement as he spoke in Urdu language. “I addressed these meetings in Urdu as there were a requests to speak in Urdu. The gathering understood my statement but the media misinterpreted it,” Azad said on Tuesday. He further said that YS Jagan would have gone to jail even if he was given the highest post in the Congress party,” he said. On the other hand, YSR congress leaders tried to cash in on the issue by alleging that Azad’s statement clearly exposed that Congress party leaders were behind YS Jagan’s arrest as he defied their orders. “Azad’s statement clearly shows that the Congress leaders are responsible for Jagan’s arrest. If he had continued in Congress and obeyed its leadership, he would not have gone to jail,” Congress rebel MLA Alla Nani said. Nani resigned from his MLA post and also quit the Congress following Jagan’s arrest.