HIS MASTER’S VICIOUSNESS
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.