YSR Congress Party (YSRC) chief, YS Jaganmohan Reddy, has called upon the voters to use the forthcoming General Elections as an opportunity to teach a fitting lesson to the parties that are bent upon splitting Andhra Pradesh.
Addressing a public meeting at Bhogapuram in Vizianagaram on his way to Srikakulam from Visakhapatnam Sunday morning, he described the fight for a united state as a struggle between ‘Delhi arrogance’ and ‘Telugu self-respect’.
Jagan blamed AICC president Sonia Gandhi, chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu for allowing the process of bifurcation to happen. Arriving nearly three hours behind schedule to waiting crowds at Srikakulam, Jagan addressed another public meeting as a part of his ongoing Samaikya Sankharavam, a district-wise tour taken up to propagate the need for keeping the state united.
Interestingly, Jagan chose to address the public meeting at the municipal school ground in Srikakulam which was named after NTR.
The YSRC president deplored the degeneration in the present-day politics and alleged that political parties were stooping to new lows as may be seen in the case of the proposed state bifurcation.
Continuing his tirade on the Congress, he said the party had sent him to jail by foisting cases just to divide the state and remain in power. “People have seen a golden era in the state during late YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s regime and they remember him even seven years after his death, which shows their love for YSR. My government would fulfil the dreams of YSR and bring back the pro-poor and public welfare government to implement the schemes of YS Rajasekhara Reddy,” he added.
Jagan said that for a better future, he wanted the people to defeat the separatist parties by helping YSRC win 30 Parliamentary seats so that it can play a crucial role in choosing the next Prime Minister of the country, thereby stopping division of the state.
He announced a string of welfare measures for all sections and promised to stall bifurcation of the state once it is voted to power. He urged the people to wait for four months so that all dreams of late YS Rajasekhara Reddy, including the Ramateertha Project in the district, would be fulfilled.
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