YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, chief of the YSRCP, and Andhra Pradesh Irrigation Minister Devineni Uma engaged in a war of words on Monday over the path taken by an ambulance in Andhra Pradesh. During his padayatra, when he was in Vizianagaram district, Jagan made way for an ambulance, and appealed to his cadre to ensure the ambulance got the right of way. However, he blamed the TDP, claiming it was a ploy to disrupt his rally.
The incident took place near Chipurupalli area on Saturday when Jagan was addressing a public rally. He claimed that the ambulance could have taken a different route, but deliberately chose the route on which the rally was taking place. “Was there no other route for the ambulance? This shows no other government is as shameless as this,” he said at the rally.
He added that he asked asked his cadre to make way for the ambulance though TDP’s “evil intentions” was behind it.
He also slammed the government for the poor health infrastructure in Andhra Pradesh, alleging it had watered down the Rajiv Aarogyasri scheme launched by then Chief Minister Rajashekar Reddy.
However, Andhra Minister Devineni Uma said the entire drama was staged by the YSRCP. Speaking to the media in Vijayawada on Monday, he said the person in the ambulance was a YSRCP man, who was injured while coming to attend the public meeting.
“The ambulance was taking Valluri Srinivas, 22 years old, the patient, to hospital. He came in a lorry to the rally, but got hurt in his leg. Since there was no alternative way for it to go, the ambulance had to take the road on which the rally was being held,” Devineni said.
He further took a dig at Jagan and said, “Your act and your dramas have been exposed.”
Devineni also slammed the BJP and YSRCP, alleging that they were conspiring against TDP halting the state’s development.
Responding to the recent raids on TDP leaders, Devineni also said TDP was not afraid of the Income Tax Department or raids by any other central agencies.