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Jagan’s Overture…

…dismissed by Rahul

Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy, the 17th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, was earlier in a political dilemma. Prior to the recently held Andhra Pradesh assembly elections, he wasn’t sure if the YSR Congress Party could defeat Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam. Hence, Reddy decided to approach a natural ally, Congress. His desperation was so high that he was willing to merge his party with the Congress. He asked several Congress leaders to get him a meeting with the then Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Finally, a good friend with access to Gandhi, fixed an appointment. Jagan, as he is popularly known, went to meet Rahul Gandhi at his Tughlaq Lane residence. He waited for an hour. Finally, Rahul Gandhi emerged with his physical trainer, and asked Jagan, “How are you, and what about your court cases.” Within a minute, Rahul said he was in a hurry, and he would discuss state politics later. Jagan was angry, aghast, and disgusted. He immediately met his politician friend for a drink or two. When Chandrababu Naidu developed differences with Prime Minister Modi, BJP, and RSS, they sought an alliance with a local leader to settle scores. Jagan fit the bill. In the subsequent assembly election, he won with a thumping majority. BJP’s strategy worked; they managed to gain an ally, and defeat its enemy. Rahul lost a state just because of his arrogance and discourteous behaviour.

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