Days after AICC general secretary in charge of state Congress affairs Digvijaya Singh had said that the YSR Congress carried the DNA of the Congress, PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana has hurled choicest abuse at late chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, almost describing him as a drunkard.
Botcha, once considered YSR’s close confidant, on Thursday launched a no-holds-barred verbal attack on the members of YSR’s family.
In a bid to give a fitting reply to YSR’s daughter Sharmila, who has been taking potshots at him during her ongoing padayatra in Vizianagaram, his home district, Botcha even went to the extent of saying that late YSR had used to consume brandy every day.
Addressing the media at Gandhi Bhavan here on Thursday, he said, “Sharmila alleges that the Congress, which carries the political legacy of Gandhiji, has made a person like me the PCC president and alleges that I carry the legacy of brandy. Is it fair to her to make such remarks against me? I ask her to remember that her father used to consume brandy every day, all 365 days of the year. Does she deny this fact? Is she carrying such legacy?”
The PCC boss also made serious allegations against Sharmila’s husband and evangelist Bro. Anil Kumar. “I ask Sharmila to recall why she had brought her husband to me when I was an MP. Now I advise her to remember the services rendered by me to her family,’’ the state Congress chief said.
Botcha also launched a virulent attack on Vijayamma, YSR’s widow, and said she was encouraging the policy of “loot the wealth of the public and stash it away” in the party. He termed her ongoing two-day fast as a ploy only to safeguard the interests of the managements of colleges that were deceiving the government as well as students in the name of fee reimbursement.
The PCC chief claimed that 55 per cent of the candidates, who were elected as sarpanches unopposed in 2,422 village, are Congress supporters.