VIJAYAWADA: Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has expressed his distress over the open scuffle between YSRC MP from Rajahmundry Margani Bharat and party MLA from Rajanagaram Jakkampudi Raja, and warned the two of stern action if they crossed party limits and violated inner-party discipline.
According to the sources, the CM called the two leaders to Tadepalli through Y.V. Subba Reddy, the party in-charge for East Godavari district.
The verbal fight between the two leaders increased day-by-day as the two leveled allegations against each other and were at daggers drawn. The two have been raising issues related to alleged wrong-doings in sand mining and local contracts. Also, MLA Raja accused MP Bharat of joining hands with Telugu Desam and BJP leaders, as also with former CBI joint director V.V. Lakshminarayana. The MP stoutly rejected the charges.
Several leaders tried to resolve the issues between them, but in vain. Hence, the CM called them in to give both a dressing down and asking them firmly to restore discipline in the party.
According to the sources, Bharat and Raja, their tails on fire, met Subba Reddy twice on Tuesday and gave their explanations. The CM later talked to them individually and then together and directed them to behave.
Jagan Mohan Reddy turned angry and issued a stern warning to the MP and the MLA for letting their tongue loose before the media and said they must stop the habit of washing dirty linen in public. “Enough is enough,” he has told them, sources said.