Stepping up his attack on Telugu Desam Party, Congress Member of Parliament Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuedsay night alleged that there is a 'conspiracy' to defame his father and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.
"Our beloved leader Rajasekhara Reddy has occupied a permanent place in hearts of the people because of the innovative welfare schemes he implemented. But those who do not like him are making baseless allegations against him. There is a conspiracy to defame him, though 12 months have passed since his death," he said.
"If false allegations are made against a dead person, it shows how moral standards have fallen in politics. These allegations would not stand. Those who are making allegations would be washed away as you have so much love and affection for late Rajasekhara Reddy,": Jagan Reddy said.
He was speaking at Pedda Ulagallu village in Prakasam district during his ongoing 'Odarpu (consolation) yatra', which resumed on September 3.
TDP and the Jagan's camps have been engaged in a war of words over corruption. The TDP leaders wondered how Jagan has acquired huge wealth.
And the Jagan's camp responded by saying TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu was 'a corrupt person.' Jagan, who has been continuing the yatra even during night time, was suffering from eye infection which had resulted in swelling, sources said.
Though doctors advised him rest, Jagan decided to go ahead with his tour, the sources said.
Meanwhile, five Congress MLAs, who are supporters of Jagan, sought 'serious action' against their party colleague and MLA D L Ravindra Reddy for hurting party interests by making false allegations against Rajasekhara Reddy.
The MLAs, including G Srikant Reddy and Amarnath Reddy, sent a letter to Veerappa Moily, AICC General Secretary in-charge of Congress affairs in AP, in this regard.
Ravindra Reddy has kicked up a political storm by alleging that a 'scam' took place in a land transfer from the state-run Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation to Emaar Properties, a private firm, when Rajasekhara Reddy was CM.
Ravindra Reddy recently met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and talked to mediapersons after the meeting. Citing a media report over Ravindra Reddy's meeting Gandhi, the Jagan loyalists alleged the legislator hurt the party interests by dragging the Congress chief's name into the issue.
Ravindra Reddy was behind the 'malicious' news item which helped TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, they alleged.
After the media report was published, Naidu sought an explanation from Gandhi on why she made Rajasekhara Reddy the chief minister though she knew about his corruption, the MLAs said in their letter to Moily.