YSR Congress MLA RK Roja on Wednesday alleged that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was directly responsible for Congress's defeat in the recently concluded Telangana elections. She accused the Andhra CM of misleading voters in the state.
Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the YSRCP state women wing committee meeting at Guntur, Roja said that Naidu tried to mislead voters in Telangana through bogus surveys conducted by former Member of Parliament Lagadapati Rajagopal.
Lagadapati, a former Congress leader, had announced shortly before the polls that the Congress-led People‚Äôs Front would secure a majority in the Assembly elections if the polling percentage crosses 68%. He also predicted a hung assembly if the voting percentage dropped and had made these observations based on his own pre-poll survey.
Roja said that the Telangana people have given a befitting reply to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). She also claimed that the people of Andhra Pradesh have no trust in Naidu and expressed confidence that the TDP would lose the coming Andhra Pradesh elections.
Roja pointed out that attacks against women have increased in Andhra in the past four-and-a-half years and accused the TDP of choosing to protect offenders. She also accused the Andhra CM of being behind the attack on YSRCP supremo YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Roja said Naidu was more concerned about the Leader of Opposition being an obstacle for his son Nara Lokesh, the IT minister, reported The New Indian Express.
Roja's tirade against the Andhra CM is in line with her party‚Äôs stand on the Telangana election results. Shortly after the results on Tuesday, YSRCP MLAs Ravindranath Reddy and Amjad Basha and Kadapa Mayor P Suresh held a press conference where they said that the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) could have secured 50 to 60 assembly seats, had they contested alone without forging a pre-poll alliance with the TDP. The YSRCP cautioned the Congress saying they would face a similar defeat in the national polls if they entered into a pre-poll alliance with the TDP for the 2019 general elections.