Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah claimed that in 2009, Jagan Mohan Reddy was ready to bribe Congress leaders to make him the CM of united Andhra..

Farooq Abdullah has no political validity YSRCP hits back for remark against Jagan
news Politics Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 08:33

A day after former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah sparked a row by alleging YSRCP Chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was ‘ready to bribe’ top Congress leaders in 2009 to make him the Chief Minister of United Andhra Pradesh, YSRCP National General secretary Habeeb Abdul Rehman said that Farooq has "no political validity" in the country.

Abdul Rehman alleged that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has directed Farooq to spread lies about Jagan and befool the Andhra voters. He said, “Chandrababu Naidu has brought Farooq Abdullah as there is no one in the state to believe him; his direction is like the Alibaba and 40 Chor story (Alibaba and 40 thieves)."

He further said, "Farooq should have sorted the Kashmir problems but instead came here to prove his political existence."

On Tuesday, Farooq Abdullah, who was campaigning for Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Kadapa, made an accusation against Jagan.

"I remember, he (Jagan) came to my house once. He told me that he was ready to pay Rs 1,500 crore to Congress if they made him Andhra CM (after his father's death). Where did this money come from? He doesn't have any treasure. It is definitely people's money. If such a person seeks votes with a promise to brighten your future, don't believe him. Such a person will destroy your future," Abdullah told voters.

‘Jagan would have attempted to bribe’: Congress

Dasoju Sravan Kumar, the national spokesperson of Congress, said he cannot authenticate what Farooq said. “Knowing corrupt credentials of YS Jagan, he would have attempted to bribe. But I cannot say what transpired between YS Jagan and Farooq Abdulla,” he said.

In 2009, following the sudden death of Jagan’s father and former Chief Minister Rajashekhara Reddy, a large number of MLAs and MPs from the Congress in united Andhra Pradesh had written to the Congress high command, requesting YSR's son Jagan Mohan Reddy, the MP from Kadapa, be made the next Chief Minister.

“At the time, though Jagan made every attempt to become the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, the Congress high command, in the interest of public’s welfare, made a wise decision to appoint a non-corrupt, most-able and experienced leader, K Roshaiah,” added Dasoju.

TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu, who was with Farooq when he made the statement, said that corruption allegations against Jagan came from 'credible' Farooq.

Quoting Farooq's accusation, Naidu took to Twitter to say: "It's not me who is asking this, but Farooq Abdullah, who served as the CM four times; he wants facts about Jagan".

TDP national spokesperson Dinakar Lanka said that the party was not surprised to hear such claims against Jagan as he believes that the YSRCP chief can do anything in politics with money.

He said, “Everybody knows that, at the time, he tried his best to become the CM. Given the credibility and clean image of Farooq Abdullah, whatever he said is completely believable. Besides, Farooq's National Conference was in coalition with the Congress party at the time. Jagan must have thought that he (Farooq) was the right person to convey his intention to become CM.”

 

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