While the couple had backed Jagan after YSR's death, they later distanced themselves alleging that he was running the party like a fiefdom.

Actor couple Jeevitha and Rajasekhar meet Jagan return to YSRCP
news Politics Monday, April 01, 2019 - 12:42

Actor couple Jeevitha and Rajasekhar on Monday re-joined the YSRCP. They called on party president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy at his Lotus Pond residence in Hyderabad and formally joined the party.

Rajasekhar later told reporters that they met Jagan after a long time. He said that all the bitterness between them was over, now and also admitted that he had behaved immaturely. He remarked that "today's Jagan is different from the earlier Jagan.”

The couple appealed to people of Andhra Pradesh to give a chance to Jagan to serve them. They exuded confidence in the YSRCP chief to become the Chief Minister and assured him of their support.

“It is important to see who will take our state forward. We should ask ourselves if we want a CM like Jagan, who has worked for the public and travelled across the state to learn the people’s problems, or someone who is looking to induct more family members into the party,” Jeevitha said, taking a dig at Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.

The couple had joined the Congress in 2008 when Jagan's father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was the Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh. After YSR's death in a helicopter crash in 2009, they backed Jagan in the revolt against Congress leadership. They were with him when he floated YSRCP but later distanced themselves. 

They alleged that Jagan was running the party like a fiefdom. In 2014, Jeevitha and Rajasekhar had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party but were not upset at not being given suitable positions.

The duo had recently won an election of the Movie Artists Association (MAA) in Tollywood, which officially elected actor-producer Naresh as its new president after elections were conducted for its official body on March 10. 

On the Naresh panel, Jeevitha contested and won the post of general secretary. Rajasekhar was elected to the post of executive vice-president.

 

IANS inputs

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