GUNTUR: YSR Congress (YSRC) chief and Opposition leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy has alleged that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is presently in Delhi not to fight for Special Category Status (SCS) for Andhra Pradesh but to further his own interests. He reiterated that Naidu always places his personal interests above those of the State.
Jagan, who completed the 127th day of his Praja Sankalpa Yatra on Tuesday, addressed a large gathering at Guntur. He alleged that the real intention of the CM in visiting Delhi is not to garner support for SCS but to seek the support of some people as there are numerous charges of corruption against him. “Naidu is in the National Capital only to save his skin. There is no other convincing reason for his visit after YSRC announcing that its MPs will resign and go on an indefinite hunger strike,” he said.
The YSRC chief said though his party asked the TDP to join hands with it, no positive reply has come from it. He said his party MPs would quit Parliament on the last day of the Budget session and go on an indefinite fast demanding SCS. He felt that if all the 25 MPs from the State resign en masse and go on fast, the impact would be strong but Naidu is not paying heed as his sole intention is to wriggle out of corruption charges he has been facing.
He alleged that the TDP government is steeped in corruption from top to bottom. The CM is taking kickbacks from contractors and the Janmabhoomi committees are involved in corrupt practices.
He lamented that drainage works taken up four years go in Guntur are yet to be completed. Contaminated water, which claimed 20 lives, is playing havoc with the people. Families of the victims are yet to receive the ex gratia announced for them. He said the Guntur Government General Hospital has been in the news for all the wrong reasons right from stealing of infants to rat menace.
He alleged that the CM had failed to fulfil even a single poll promise, so he has no right to head the government.YSRC leader and Guntur (East) MLA Md Mustafa, Macharla MLA P Ramakrishna Reddy, party leaders Ambati Rambabu, L Srikrishnadevarayalu, L Appi Reddy and others participated.
Meanwhile, YSRC Rajya Sabha member V Vijayasai Reddy demanded a CBI inquiry into charges of corruption against the Chief Minister and his son Nara Lokesh in regard to Polavaram project, temporary secretariat, foreign trips, Heritage issue, AgriGold scam and Capital project.
“If he is sincere, Chandrababu Naidu should himself call for a CBI inquiry to prove his innocence,” he said. Vijayasai Reddy said Naidu lacks sincerity over Special Category Status which is evident from frequent U-turns.YSRC activists, led by K Parthasarathy and Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, staged a relay hunger strike at Dharna Chowk demanding Special Category Status and implementation of various provisions in the AP Reorganisation Act.