Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah kicked off a row on Tuesday by dropping a serious allegation against YSRCP President Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. The National Conference supremo, who was campaigning for the TDP and Chandrababu Naidu in the state, claimed that Jagan was ready to allegedly bribe the top leadership of the Congress party to make him CM of united Andhra after the demise of his late father Y S Rajasekhar Reddy.
"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 vote with a promise to brighten your future, don't believe him. Such a person will destroy your future," Abdullah told voters.
Farooq Abdullah campaigned in Kadapa and Kurnool district in the state. Claiming that Jagan was a 'corrupt' politician, the NC leader advised the people of Andhra Pradesh to vote for Naidu instead. Speaking on the campaign trail, Naidu said Muslims had no safety and security during Modi regime. He said that voting for Jagan would mean voting for Narendra Modi.
Besides Abdullah, other leaders like JD(S) chief H D Deve Gowda, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal are scheduled to visit the state to campaign for Naidu in the week.
This comes after all these leaders decided to join hands for an anti-BJP front at the Centre and put forth a common minimum programme (CMP). On February 13, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP leader N. Chandrababu Naidu, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and Rahul Gandhi met at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar's residence in New Delhi.