HYDERABAD, 13 JULY: After the Supreme Court ruling barring jailed politicians from contesting polls, the rank and file of YSR Congress Party just hopes that their leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, arrested in the illegal assets case, comes out of jail early so that he can contest the next elections.
The Supreme Court ruling delivered on 11 July, barring those lodged in jail on criminal charges from contesting elections, has left the YSRC shocked.
The ruling affects the YSRC more than anyone else in Andhra Pradesh as its head himself has been languishing in jail on criminal charges.
Jagan, an MP from Kadapa who strongly nurses the ambition of becoming Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, was arrested by the CBI on 27 May 2012 in the illegal assets case and since then he has been lodged in Chanchalguda jail. pti