the north face jackets Conspiracy theories to take centre
Rajasekhara Reddy in a helicopter accident on September 2, 2009, is all set to become an election issue during the by elections to 18 assembly seats and Nellore Lok Sabha seat scheduled for June 12. Rajasekhara Reddy in a helicopter accident on September 2, 2009, is all set to become an election issue during the by elections to 18 assembly seats and Nellore Lok Sabha seat scheduled for June 12. Vijayalakshmi, widow of the former CM, is likely to revive the sabotage theory behind her husband’s death when she takes a plunge into the election campaign from Wednesday. Jagan Mohan Reddy by the CBI in connection with the alleged illegal assets case.
In fact, Vijayalakshmi raked up the issue of sabotage behind her husband’s death immediately after Jagan’s arrest. She accused the Congress high command of conspiring against YSR and his family. “Now, I get doubts over the death of my husband in the helicopter crash. They took his life; and now they are targetting my son for no fault of his. I wonder what they are going to do with my son,” she said.
According to party sources, Vijayalakshmi would raise the issue of YSR’s untimely death during her election speeches to evoke sympathy among the electorate. Since this is for the first time that she would be addressing public meetings and road shows, she would use every opportunity to drive home the point that the Congress high command had targeted her husband and now, her son.
Incidentally, Jagan’s media houses had come out with a series of stories in the past highlighting the sabotage theory behind YSR’s death and accusing the CBI of hurrying through the investigation to brush it aside as a mere accident.
“The sabotage theory is going to be a strong weapon for Vijayalakshmi to attack the Congress high command and the government during the electioneering. This will add to the sympathy factor,
which is already gaining ground with the arrest of Jagan,” YSR Congress party sources said.
Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy took strong objection to Vijaylakshmi raising the issue of YSR’s death at this juncture. He alleged that she was trying to politicise the unfortunate death of her husband in the helicopter accident because of the by elections. “If necessary, the government is ready to order a fresh investigation into the helicopter crash. Raising the issue of YSR’s death at this juncture when the by polls are being held is nothing but an effort to gain sympathy from people,” he said.
Telugu Desam Party (TDP), too, castigated Vijayalakshmi for raising the issue of YSR’s death at the time of the by elections. “If she had doubts over her husband’s death, why has she remained silent in the last two and a half years? Why didn’t she demand a comprehensive enquiry then?” asked TDP legislator and spokesperson D Seethakka.
As if to launch a counter attack on Jagan and his mother, the TDP has come out with the demand for a fresh probe into the murder of former minister and Rayalaseema gangster Paritala Ravindra in January 2005. In the case, which was probed by the CBI, Jagan was named as one of the accused. However, the CBI gave a clean chit to the YSR Congress chief in the case.
Paritala’s wife Sunitha on Tuesday launched a sit in at Anantapur, demanding that the CBI re investigate the case against Jagan, who she alleged was responsible for the killing of her husband. She alleged that Jagan had conspired with factionist Maddelacheruvu Suri to eliminate her husband, but the CBI had cleared him of the case due to the intervention of his father YSR.
TDP leaders are planning to raise the Paritala murder issue in the by elections in two constituencies in Anantapur district Anantapur (rural) and Rayadurg to counter the YSR Congress party campaign.
Interestingly, even the chief minister sought to revive the Paritala murder case to attack Jagan and Vijayalakshmi. “Why is Vijayalakshmi casting aspersions on the CBI for arresting his son when she was all praise for the agency after it cleared her son in the Paritala murder case? If the CBI was a neutral agency then,
why is that she is alleging that the CBI is working at the behest of the Congress or the state government in the illegal assets case?” Kiran Kumar Reddy asked.