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Jaganmohan Reddy throws CM ball into Sonia Gandhi’s court

Jaganmohan Reddy, whose supporters are campaigning for making him the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, on Sunday broke his silence on the succession issue saying it should be left to the high command for a decision.

In a veiled reference to his supporters’ demand, 36-year-old Jagan said party chief Sonia Gandhi respects public perception and feelings of lakhs of Congress Party workers and will take a decision in such a way that his father Rajasekhara Reddy’s ideals, mission and zeal would not be compromised.

“Our high command knows and more particularly our beloved leader Sonia Gandhi respects the public perception and feelings of lakhs of Congress Party workers and she knows too well what is good for all of us and what is good for our state and people,” Jagan, who arrived here today from Idupulapaya, two days after last rites for his late father, said in a four-page message to party leaders and workers.

“I request you to wait the decision of Ms Sonia Gandhi, President, AICC on the issue of leadership and also urge you to abide the decision”.

Gandhi will take a decision in such a way that Rajasekhara Reddy’s “ideals, mission and zeal would not be compromised in any manner”, he said.

The first-time MP from Kadapa recalled “the outstanding love and affection” shown by Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia for his father.

Jagan said he was particularly grateful to Sonia Gandhi “for her immense support and help to my father at all crucial times. She stood like a rock behind my father and supported him wholeheartedly throughout his career.”

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