YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has sacked YSR Congress Party founding member. Telangana based advocate and die-hard fan of YS Rajasekhar Reddy, Siva Kumar, the founder of YSRCP, has been shown the door by Jagan.
Siva Kumar had started the political party Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party in 2009 and it was registered. When YS Jagan wanted to start a new political party in 2011, he had planned to have both YSR and Congress in his party’s name. However, Jagan wanted to have an alternative definition/acronym for YSR mentioned in the party name. That absolutely suited in form of ‘Yuvajana Sramika Rythu’ (Youth, Labour & Farmers). Since the party is already registered by Siva Kumar, Jagan had decided to take over Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party from its foudner Siva Kumar. On the promise of due importance in party and nominated posts, Jagan had taken over YSRCP in March 2011.
Whilst Siva Kumar had been sidelined in the party, he continued without making any controversy. However, in 2018 assembly elections in Telangana, Siva Kumar had announced the support of Telangana unit of YSRCP to Congress party. Siva Kumar reasoned that YS Rajasekhar Reddy had been in Congress and had been loyal to the party and had rose to the level due to Congress party itself. Siva Kumar also reasoned that TRS and KCR have been targeting late YSR in their speeches. In this backdrop, Siva Kumar released a press statement asking YSR fans to support Congress in Telangana polls.
This hasn’t gone down well with Jagan and the party leadership who are privately supporting the TRS in Telangana. Releasing a counter press statement, YSRCP claimed that it is not supporting any political party in Telangana elections. The press statement also said it has sacked Siva Kumar from the party with immediate effect. Many hard-core fans of late YSR are said to be unhappy over this decision of Jagan.