VIJAYAWADA: After coming under severe criticism from Opposition parties following People’s Front’s debacle in Telangana, the TDP leaders, including TDP supremo and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, came out with a counterattack on the YSRCP.
With the YSRCP leaders in some parts of the State reportedly celebrating the TRS victory and forecasting a similar fate for the TDP in AP, the yellow party decided to hit back at the Opposition alleging that the YSRCP compromised its special category status (SCS) fight by supporting the TRS.
After exiting the BJP-led Central government, the TDP raised its voice in favour of SCS and defended its stand of joining hands with the Congress for the same cause.
And now the TDP leaders came up with the argument that the support being extended by YSRCP to TRS is nothing but against the SCS as demanded by Andhra Pradesh.
Alleging that the opposition parties in the State were colluding with TRS, which, he said, is trying to obstruct the development of AP time and again, Social Welfare Minister Nakka Anand Babu said the reason YSRCP stayed out of the fray in Telangana polls was to benefit KCR.
While former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi announced to accord SCS to AP during her campaign in Telangana, the same was opposed by the TRS. Now, the same party with the YSRCP’s support is extending support to the TRS to thwart SCS to AP, said Government Whip in the AP Legislative Council DM Vara Prasada Rao.
“There is nothing wrong in congratulating the winners. But, it is not fair to celebrate the victory of other parties by bursting firecrackers and erecting flexies. While, YSRC former MP P Mithun Reddy put up flexies lauding the success of TRS, YSRC MLA CB Reddy had dinner with the TRS leader KT Rama Rao. Political parties should shun the practice of acting as B and C teams of the BJP,” the Government Whip said.
‘CM’s shortcuts, smart TS people’
YSRCP has alleged that all efforts of CM N Chandrababu Naidu, including spending several crores of money in the Telangana elections, are in vain. “He tried to get to power in Telangana using shortcuts. But, people of Telangana are smart and they taught him a fitting lesson,” YSRCP senior leader Bhumana Karunakar Reddy said. He predicted an encore of the same in Andhra Pradesh polls.
Jagan, Pawan under TDP fire
TDP leader Varla Ramaiah held YSRCP chief Jagan Mohan Reddy and Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan responsible for TRS victory in Telangana. He said comments of TRS candidate M Krishna Rao thanking both Jagan and Pawan for their support for his victory proves it. “Now, let those leaders of YSRCP, who were saying they have no relation with the poll verdict in Telangana, repeat their comments. Jagan and Pawan supported the TRS to safeguard their properties in Telangana,” he said.