Tiwari, YSR greet Muslims
Governor N. D. Tiwari on Monday greeted Muslims on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi.
He urged people to cultivate the spirit of love and compassion which constituted the essential message of the Prophet.
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, conveying his greetings, said the message of universal peace, compassion, tolerance and service to humanity preached by the Prophet was relevant to every generation. In a message from New Delhi, he expressed the government’s resolve to bring all Muslim families, especially the poor, on a par with others.
Praja Rajyam chief K. Chiranjeevi said the Prophet’s message had relevance even today.
‘If I am too old for politics, so is YSR’
Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council Deputy Chairman Mohammed Jani, who had represented the Guntur East (Guntur-I) constituency earlier, staking claim for a party ticket, said that he was not old enough to retire from politics.
“Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and I am of the same age and if I have to retire from politics because of my age, he also must retire,” said Mr. Jani in response to a question put him during a press conference here on Monday.
Mohammed Jani, who had served as a minister also in the past, on Monday staked claim for Congress ticket from the Assembly constituency and said that party high command knew how much he had served the party and opined that he should be given the ticket.
At a press conference here on Monday, Mr. Jani told reporters that he had applied for the Guntur East party ticket and hoped that Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy would nominate him from the seat.
When reminded him of the Chief Minister’s statement that young blood would be infused into the party this time and that some old-timers had to retire, he said that he would retire when the Chief Minister retires from politics.
YSR brother-in-law’s ultimatum
Aspiring for the Congress ticket since a long time, says Kadapa Mayor
P. Ravindranath Reddy, Kadapa Mayor and brother-in-law of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, declared on Monday that he would contest as an independent candidate from Kadapa Assembly constituency if the Congress does not consider his plea for the party ticket.
Asserting that he had been serving the Congress and Dr. Reddy for 32 years, the Mayor at a press conference said that he had been aspiring for the party ticket since long but was denied the same for being YSR’ brother-in-law. He appealed to the Congress leadership to consider his plea on the basis of his services to the Congress.
Mr. Ravindranath Reddy said he would contest from Kadapa even if the party initiated disciplinary action against him. Before his announcement, all 43 Congress corporators and six co-opted members in the Municipal Corporation said they would resign in a show of solidarity with Mr. Reddy. Led by Deputy Mayor K. Nabi Rasool, they said they had already submitted resignation letters to the Chief Minister on February 5.
Expressing gratitude to the corporators for their support, he urged them not to quit. If necessary, all Congress corporators and himself would continue as independents in the municipal corporation. Even as an independent in the fray, he and his supporters would strive for the victory of Congress candidate for Kadapa Parliamentary seat Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy.
Asked whether his decision would not embarrass the Chief Minister, Mr. Ravindranath Reddy said
YSR should ensure a party ticket for him to prevent such a situation. Kadapa MLA Mohd. Ahmedullah’s brother and corporator Mohd. Inayathullah, said they were insisting on a ticket for the Mayor, as ‘he was a winning horse’.