When Jagan Mohan Reddy broke away from the Congress after the death of his father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in September 2009, because the high command was not agreeable to his demand of being anointed straight away as the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, many thought that the young scion was being unnecessarily unreasonable.
In fact, the Congress leadership is believed to have offered him a berth in the union cabinet as minister of state with an independent charge that Jagan refused to accept. Next, the young Jagan, then only 36 years old, broke off from the Congress to form his political entity that he named YSR Congress. This, after an extended Odarpu Yatra to condole the death of dozens who Jagan claimed had committed suicide as they were shocked by his father’s sudden demise in a helicopter crash.
The yatra, an extended one, took him around the state. But when the Congress leadership asked him to immediately suspend the yatra, he immediately resigned from the Congress and set up his own party. He also resigned his Lok Sabha seat from Kadapa and was reelected with a huge margin of 545,000 votes.
Soon he was caught in trouble with various CBI cases being filed against him for his alleged acts of wrongdoings during the term of his father. Jagan found himself in Hyderabad’s Chanchalguda jail under various charges. It was alleged that Jagan had committed irregularities to the tune of Rs 1172 crore; this was by arranging to provide the favour of the state government in land allotment, mining leases and licenses for new industries. Jagan remained in jail for 16 months after which he was granted bail by a special court in September 2013. The cases however remain pending.