With rumours running rife that YSR Congress will support the UPA government post 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Jaganmohan Reddy is likely to follow the shadow of superstar-turned-politician K Chiranjeevi, who had joined hands with Congress in 2011.
When Jagan resigned as a Congress MP to form YSR Congress three years ago, he took away more than two dozen Congress MLAs with him. At that time, Chiranjeevi helped the Kiran Kumar Reddy government to retain its top position in Andhra Pradesh by merging his 18 MLAs from Praja Rajyam Party (PRP).
With the union, Congress was relieved to gain a slender majority of 155 legislators in the 294-member state assembly. The move was also seen as a conspiracy to weaken the Telangana movement as Chiranjeevi was against the bifurcation of the state.
The tables were turned by Congress, who proposed the formation of Telangana on 31 July this year as a bid for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
It is suspected that the central political party helped Jagan get conditional bail in the quid pro quo assets case.
Hours after Jagan's release, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) accused the Congress of reaping benefits from both sides of the bifurcation by influencing political parties in Seemandhra as well as Telangana.
"The way bail was granted to him and the manner in which the charge sheet against him was diluted only show that there is a clear understanding between Y S R Congress and Congress," he had told PTI.
Citing Digvijay Singh's remark that the Congress was open to merge with the TRS, Naidu added, "This only shows that Congress is trying to influence parties in Andhra Pradesh. On the one hand they are delaying a decision on the future of Andhra Pradesh for the past four years, and on the other they are trying to influence parties."
Earlier in March, Jagan's mother and the then honorary chief of YSR Congress, Vijayalakshmi, said her party would support the Congress-led UPA government or the third front after the 2014 elections. She had advised Jagan not to leave the Congress back in 2010.
Jagan to Make Congress Win in 2014?
Within 24 hours of Jagan's release on 24 September from Chanchalguda jail, he set up a series of meetings with YSR Congress legislators and senior leaders at his Lotus Pond residence, where thousands had thronged to greet him.
Jagan's return has injected enthusiasm in the party but he is yet to maximise momentum against the formation of Telangana, which seems tough as Jagan is supposed to stay in Hyderabad till the disproportionate assets case against him is resolved.
The Andhra leader has appealed to the special CBI court to let him visit his hometown Kadapa and Guntur between 1 and 4 October.
If granted permission, Jagan will gear up for the state assembly elections in June 2014, which is just after the Lok Sabha polls.
Jagan is expected to travel extensively in the Seemandhra region as well over the next few months to take the lead in keeping Andhra Pradesh united.
Citing the popularity he gained during his 'Odarpu Yatra' (condolence tour) in 2010, Jagan will take up a Samaikya Yatra (United AP tour) across the state.
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