India Today - - GLASS HOUSE -

The seem­ingly mild Andhra Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Kiran Kumar Reddy, 51, has been vi­cious against his bête noire Y. S. Ja­gan­mo­han Reddy. There is a del­i­cate nu­ance, how­ever, in the bit­ter use of state power. Ja­gan is son of the late Y. S. Ra­jasekhara Reddy, the men­tor of Congress re­birth in Andhra Pradesh. Congress bosses want the Chief Min­is­ter to de­stroy Ja­gan with­out be­smirch­ing his fa­ther’s rep­u­ta­tion. The Chief Min­is­ter is not squea­mish. At an elec­tion rally in Tiru­pati on May 11, he said Ja­gan would “mur­der” not only peo­ple of the state but the state it­self if voted to power. The next day, at meet­ings in Kadapa, the Chief Min­is­ter called Ja­gan a traitor who runs a sole pro­pri­etary party. Ja­gan’s re­ply is sim­ple: The re­sults of the June 18 by- elec­tions will do the an­swer­ing.

A PRAB­HAKAR RAO/ www. in­di­a­to­day­im­ages. com



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