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Demand to make YSR’s son next chief minister
Published on 3 Sep. 2009 11:21 PM IST
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Within hours of the death of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy in a helicopter crash, a section of ruling Congress party leaders here have begun demanding that his son Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy be made the next chief minister. Some ministers have openly demanded that the young MP be made the next chief minister. A group of MPs also held a meeting here and decided to take up their demand before Congress president Sonia Gandhi. According to sources in the ruling party, about 100 legislators have launched a campaign to demand that Jaganmohan be appointed the chief minister. Ministers loyal to YSR also want the party leadership to announce Jaganmohan as the successor. Jaganmohan’s loyalists among party workers have launched a campaign. Some workers sitting outside Gandhi Bhavan, the party headquarters in the city, said they would not accept anybody other than YSR’s son to head the state government. “When Indira Gandhi expired Rajiv Gandhi was made the prime minister. Why not Jagan be made chief minister now?” says a SMS message being circulated by Jaganmohan’s followers. Jaganmohan, an industrialist who runs Sakshi daily and a television channel, was elected from Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency in the April-May elections. YSR was killed in a chopper crash while travelling to Chittoor from Hyderabad in inclement weather Wednesday. The mangled remains of the helicopter and the bodies of the chief minister and four others accompanying him were located Thursday morning in the Nallamalla jungles.

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