Jagan to meet Akhilesh, Mulayam this week

Y S R Congress Party leader Jagan Mohan Reddy, who is hunting for allies to stitch together a post-Lok Sabha poll alliance, will this week meet Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh.

The special CBI court granted him permission on Tuesday to travel to Lucknow to meet the Samajwadi Party leaders. Jagan has already met Union Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of Trinamul Congress, BJP president Rajnath Singh, Prakash Karat of CPM, Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik, leaders of the RJD and JD(U) and Uddhav Thackeray of the Shiv Sena seeking support to keep Andhra Pradesh united and to put together a fourth front.

He has also got permission to visit Chennai to meet Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa and DMK leaders.

Jagan was given conditional bail by the special court on September 23. He has to take permission to go out of Hyderabad.

The YSRCP, however, maintained the visit to Lucknow was to mobilise opinion against "arbitrary use of Article 3" of the Constitution that empowers the central government to create new states. Jagan is seeking Constitutional amendments to restrict the powers of the Centre under Article 3.

The meeting with the Samajwadi Party leaders assumes significance as they had opposed a proposal for division of Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, the YSRCP, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the BJP opposed a reported move by the Congress working committee to include the Rayalaseema districts of Anantapur and Kurnool in the proposed Telangana state.

The TDP issued a statement that the Congress was exploring all options to divide the state to undermine other political parties. Union Minister S Jaipal Reddy, who is fancying his chances as the first CM of Telangana, also opposed the move.

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