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Jagan stages dharna in capital, courts arrest


New Delhi: Taking his fight against division of Andhra Pradesh to the capital, YSRCP chief Jaganmohan Reddy today staged a protest and courted arrest, while accusing the Congress of engineering the pepper spray episode in Parliament.

He also alleged that a company owned by expelled Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal had received approval for Corporate Debt Restructuring (CDR) of Rs 8,000 crore a month ago.

“Congress plotted this whole game, where a pepper spray incident was forced upon Parliament to clear everybody, who is protesting. Rajagopal, who actually sprayed pepper, isn’t he a Congress man,” Jagan asked while briefing reporters on the sidelines of the protest organised by his party against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

“Do you believe if somebody is opposing Congress party, if somebody is really a rebel to the party, a CDR would happen with the consent of Congress party,” he wondered, citing media reports about Rajagopal’s company getting approval for CDR.
He also accused Sonia Gandhi of dividing the state for political gains. Referring to her Italian background, he dubbed the Indian National Congress as “Italian National Congress” and said, “Even Britishers did not do what she did to my state of Andhra Pradesh”.

He claimed Congress came up with the idea of dividing the state with the sole aim of making Rahul Gandhi Prime Minister as it hoped to win some seats by aligning with TRS in Telangana.

Later in the evening, Jagan, flanked by his supporters, marched towards Parliament but was stopped at Parliament Street Police Station.

“We just marched towards the Parliament without instigating any violence. Yet even that kind of permission is denied. We stage our protest and we court our arrest,” he said.