The Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday withdrew its earlier orders, dated June 22, appointing YSRCP Rajya Sabha member V Vijayasai Reddy as its special representative in New Delhi.
The state government, which issued a Government Order (GO) through the General Administration Department to cancel the earlier order, said that they would find a replacement soon for the post, which is based in Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in New Delhi.
The withdrawal of orders came after the YSRCP realised that if Vijayasai Reddy took his salary for the special representative post, it would be in conflict with his existing position as an MP, thereby amounting to office of profit.
Despite the state's earlier orders, Vijayasai Reddy had not assumed office and was consulting several people on the decision. The post was earlier held by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) nominee K. Rammohan Rao.
Last month, Jagan appointed Vijayasai Reddy as the leader of YSRCP parliamentary party. Vijayasai Reddy, who was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2016, is also the general secretary of the party.
A chartered accountant by profession, he has been associated with the party ever since it was floated by Jagan in 2011. He is also known to be close to the YS family.
In 2012, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had arrested Vijayasai Reddy, then financial advisor for Jagan's firms in quid-pro-quo cases. They spent several months in jail.
The cases relate to investments made by various companies in Jagan's firms as quid pro quo for favours bestowed on them during the tenure of his father Y S Rajasekhar Reddy as Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh between 2004 and 2009.
Jagan has repeatedly denied the allegations and termed the cases politically motivated.
In May, the YSRCP stormed to power by winning 151 seats in 175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly. With 22 parliamentary seats under its belt, the YSRCP also emerged as the fourth largest party in the Lok Sabha.