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Rosaiah ‘ok’ with Jagan as CM
Hyderabad, Oct 20 (IANS):
Published on 20 Oct. 2009 11:52 PM IST
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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah Tuesday said there was nothing wrong if a section of the ruling Congress demanded that Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, son of the late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, be made chief minister. “Ours is a national party and hence there is nothing wrong if they are making this demand in a democratic manner,” the chief minister said at the meet-the-press programme organised by Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists. He pointed out that nobody - either in the cabinet or in the party - was opposing him as the chief minister but some were only expressing their preference. “They are also saying that they will abide by the high command’s decision.” He expressed his best wishes for Jagan, the first time MP from Kadapa. “I hope he will have a bright future and emerge as a good leader by following into the footsteps of his late father.” Rosaiah, who took over as the chief minister last month following the death of Rajasekhara Reddy in a helicopter crash, said everybody knew under what circumstances he had taken charge. Clarifying that he did not run after posts, the 77-year-old said: “I will continue as long as the high command wants me to continue.” To another query, Rosaiah responded: “I believe in working together and all are with me. I have no enemies either in my party or in other parties.” The chief minister denied that his cabinet colleagues were not cooperating with him. When asked if he would reshuffle or expand the cabinet, he said he had not given the matter a thought and would take a decision after reviewing the performance of the ministers. Congress divided on YSR chopper crash Was it an accident or a conspiracy? The debate continues nearly 50 days after former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy was killed in a helicopter crash. The ruling Congress party appears divided on the question, just as it stands vertically divided on whether YSR’s son Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy should be made the chief minister. Chief Minister K. Rosaiah Tuesday said the agencies investigating the Sep 2 helicopter crash were also probing the sabotage angle. “Immediately after the crash, we all thought it was an accident. But since some people are expressing doubts, the facts have to be brought out. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) are also looking into this angle,” the chief minister told reporters. A section of leaders, especially those considered loyal to YSR and his son, have expressed doubts that it was an accident. Senior Congress leader Ambati Rambabu asked the government to probe how and why YSR was allowed to fly in a 14-year-old Bell 430 helicopter, when there was a new AW 139 chopper for the chief minister. Former home minister K. Jana Reddy has also demanded a probe into the accident by both the state and central governments. The debate was triggered after Sakshi, a Telugu daily and news channel by the same name owned by Jaganmohan Reddy, carried a story that a conspiracy might have led to the crash. The Congress central leadership, however, appears unhappy over this debate. “This rumour mongering and speculations should stop. We lost a very senior leader in a tragic accident,” central leader and party spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi has said in Delhi. Lok Sabha member from Nizamabad Madhu Yaskhi has demanded that state Home Minister Sabita Indra Reddy and government advisor K.V.P Ramachandra Rao should quit owning moral responsibility for the accident. “Whether it was an accident or sabotage will be known during the investigations being carried out by different agencies. Action will be taken only after the agencies submit their reports,” said Sabita Indra Reddy. She pointed out that the Crime Investigation Department (CID) and a two-member committee formed by the state government were also probing the incident. YSR, his special secretary, chief security officer and two pilots were killed when their chopper crashed in bad weather over a hillock in Kurnool district. The chief minister was on his way to Chittoor district.

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