VIJAYAWADA: Telugu Desam leaders continued to lash out at YSRC chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday for his intemperate utterances against Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu during his election campaign in Nandyal.Leading the charge, Water Resources Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao came down heavily on Jagan in Vijayawada saying that the Opposition Leader who was in 12 cases of corruption had no right to talk about public issues like the completion of irrigation projects in Rayalaseema region.
“Jagan had indulged in corruption in irrigation works when his father was the chief minister while the TDP is making sure that water flows in irrigation canals,” Umamaheswara Rao said, adding that for decades YSR family members were in one position or the other, but they could not get water for their district’s parched lands. Umamaheswara Rao said that Jagan was not fit to even to be the Opposition Leader as it was a very important position which was held by eminent persons like Puchalpalli Sundaraiah, NTR and Chandrababu Naidu.
“If he keeps on making insidious comments on Chandrababu Naidu, he will soon find himself out of this position too,” he said.The irrigation minister said to become the chief minister of the State, one needs to have the support of the people and luck. “Jagan does not have either and therefore there he will never become the chief minister,” he said. He said Jagan was making reckless comments as he was afraid that he might lose the election, after watching the groundswell for Telugu Desam party in the Nandyal constituency. “People are watching Jagan closely and they will teach him a fitting lesson,” he said.
Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy alleged that he had video evidence of YSRC candidate Silpa Mohan Reddy distributing money to the people in Nandyal constituency.
In Anantapur, former Minister Palle Raghunath Reddy said that Jagan appears to be suffering from some kind of mental illness.
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After allegations of tampering and questions over the credibility of the Electronic voting machines (EVM), the Election Commission has decided to use VVPAT machines in the byelection scheduled to be held on August 23The VVPAT helps voters to verify the vote they cast through the EVM, bringing in more transparency in the election process
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