The Andhra CM alleged that Jagan had colluded with KCR and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ‘betrayed’ the state, adding that he had no right to even “sit in the opposition”.

If Jagans YSRCP wins KCR rules the state says Andhra CM Naidu
news Politics Monday, March 18, 2019 - 07:26

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday lashed out at YSRCP chief Jagan Mohan Reddy and said that a vote for the latter, would be equal to a vote for Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President K Chandrasekhar Rao.

Speaking to ANI, Naidu said, “KCR is supporting Jagan, as he wants a puppet government in Andhra. If YSRCP wins, KCR rules the state. So don’t vote for YSRCP. Their MPs resigned as they couldn’t fight in Parliament. Their MLAs did not turn up in the Assembly as they could not fight on public issues. But they take salaries. Such persons are unfit to be public representatives.”

“When KCR, who had worked for me, shows such attitude, how much attitude should I have?” Naidu asked.

The Andhra CM alleged that Jagan had colluded with KCR and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ‘betrayed’ the state, adding that the YSRCP chief had no right to even “sit in the opposition”.

Earlier this week, with the announcement of the first list, the ruling TDP party had launched its mission to secure 150 seats in the 175-member Assembly. Naidu, who will be seeking re-election from Kuppam constituency in his native Chittoor district, said candidates from backward and weaker sections and those with good record had been given priority. 

According to the list, Naidu's son Nara Lokesh will contest from Mangalagiri constituency in state capital region Amaravati. Lokesh, currently a minister in Naidu's cabinet and a member of the Legislative Council, will be making his debut in a direct election. Naidu has given tickets to most of his cabinet colleagues as well.

The state with 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha constituencies is set to witness polls in a single phase on April 11. These elections are going to be the first in residual Andhra Pradesh following the state’s bifurcation.

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