Frustrated TDP chief instigating people: Andhra Pradesh CM

Describing the large gathering at Chintapalem as his army waging a war on feudalists, represented by TDP and its allies, Jagan reiterated that the elections are a fight between credibility and deceit.
CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy interacting with an elderly woman at Pulaparti
CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy interacting with an elderly woman at Pulaparti Photo | Express

VIJAYAWADA: YSRC president and Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy accused TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu of instigating violence against him and even calling on people to burn him alive.

Addressing a public meeting at Chintapalem in Anakapalle district as part of his ‘Memanta Siddham’ bus yatra on Saturday, Jagan said, “The success of Siddham meetings has made the rivals shiver due to fear of defeat. Out of frustration, Naidu is asking people to pelt stones on me and burn me alive,” he said.

The YSRC chief alleged that the only agenda of Naidu, his ‘foster son’ Pawan Kalyan, and his sister-in-law (Daggubati Purandeswari) is to plunder, stash and devour the resources of the State. “For that purpose alone, they are seeking power and they want to use that power to harm and hurt me,” he claimed.

Mocking Naidu for calling him a ‘bacha’ (kid), Jagan asked, “What should he (Naidu) be called for suffering defeat at the hands of this bacha and managing to enter the Assembly with just 23 MLAs in 2019.”

“Kamsa had also thought of Krishna as bacha, Marichudu and Shubhahudu thought of Rama as a bacha and Ravana thought of Hanuman as a bacha. Historically, when villains are about to lose, they see all the heroes as bachas,” quipped Jagan.

Describing the large gathering at Chintapalem as his army waging a war on feudalists, represented by TDP and its allies, Jagan reiterated that the elections are a fight between credibility and deceit. “My army of people has come here to support the government that has implemented welfare measures benefiting every household of the State,” he asserted. 

Jagan’s rebuttal

Mocking Naidu for calling him a ‘bacha’ (kid), Jagan asked, “What should he be called for suffering defeat at the hands of a bacha?”

Seeking public mandate to secure a second term, Jagan said, “The opposition is surrounding me with arrows and stones since Naidu is afraid the current government will retain power to continue the successful welfare measures.”

The CM wondered why Naidu was afraid of him when he was fighting the elections alone, while the latter was contesting the polls with a “pack of foxes” (alliance partners). He came down heavily on the TDP chief for his failures to develop the State during his 14 years of rule. Jagan accused the former chief minister of being against English medium education for the poor even though it could improve their quality of life.

He asked the people whether they received pensions on the same date every month, schemes like Amma Vodi, Kapu Nestham, EBC Nestham, and accommodation grants during the previous TDP regime.

“We have deposited more than Rs 2.7 lakh crore directly into the accounts of women beneficiaries without any discrimination or bribes. We have given house title deeds to 31 lakh beneficiaries, and the construction is going on at a brisk pace,” the CM pointed out.

Emphasising on his government’s initiatives, he said, “In the last 58 months, we brought village secretariats, RBKs, village clinics, volunteer system, family doctor concept, quality education in government schools, digital libraries which are under construction in the village. YSRC government has delivered schemes without bribes or discrimination.”

He explained that his government brought investments worth Rs 1 lakh crore, took up expansion of airports and construction of two new industrial corridors, 10 industrial nodes and 10 fishing harbours.

The Chief Minister also highlighted Naidu’s unkept promises, including farm and SHG loan waivers worth Rs 87,612 crore and Rs 14,205 crore respectively, and Rs 25,000 deposit under the Mahalakshmi scheme.

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