Taking the ongoing “political mud-slinging” in the State to a new low, PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana on Thursday termed his one-time guru and late chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy an “inveterate alcoholic.”
Reacting sharply to what he called “a campaign of calumny” by YSRC leader Sharmila against him, the PCC boss, questioned at a news conference, shot back, “Is it fair for her to make serious allegations against me? I ask her to remember that her father late YSR used to have brandy every day, all the 365 days in a year. Can she deny this fact?”
In retaliation, YSRC MLAs, B Shobha Nagi Reddy and G Babu Rao, branded Botcha a betrayer and a back-stabber, who had “crawled” before the late YSR when he was alive and ditched him soon after his demise.
Sharmila, who is on a walkathon in Vizianagaram district, the native district of the PCC chief, hurled the choicest of adjectives at the State Congress boss. “Liquor don” and “double-crosser” are some of the words used by the daughter of the late YSR to needle Botcha.
Addressing roadside meetings in Vizianagaram district on Thursday, she described Botcha as a “double-crosser” who had dumped YSR after his demise.