The Nandyal bye-election will go down for the war of words between the ruling TDP and the Opposition YSRCP.
It all began on August 3 with a massive public meeting at Nandyal town, where YSRCP Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy allegedly said, “A person like Chandrababu Naidu should be shot in public.” His comments triggered outrage across the state, with the Election Commission also issuing a notice to Jagan.
Minister Achem Naidu while levelling criticism against Jagan, appealed to the people to not let the YSRCP leader, who is behaving like a "sadist", roam around in the state. Hitting back at the ruling party, YSRCP senior leader Ambati Rambabu justified his chief’s words stating, “Those taking a dig at Jagan are the ones who threatened him right in the Assembly. Yes, I must say for sake of world welfare, Ravan must get killed,” local media reported.
Despite the widespread condemnation for his words, Jagan failed to town down his rhetoric, demanding CM Chandrababu Naidu be “hung for failing to fulfil pre-election promises” during a roadshow in Nandyal constituency on Friday.
Slamming the Opposition leader, Minister for Irrigation Devineni Uma Maheswar Rao stated that Jagan's tongue has no bounds. Questioning him for not playing a “constructive role” as an Opposition leader, the Minister went on to accuse Jagan of attempting to trigger unrest in the state, TV9 reported.
The taunts from the ruling party continued. Education Minster Ganta Srinivas mocked Jagan for his alleged remarks saying "only people who lost their mental balance could speak like that, I reiterate that he must be admitted in a mental hospital, many are coming forward to bear the expenditure. Jagan has lost his mental balance. He should be admitted in Vizag mental hospital".
If the offensive clichés on mental health weren’t enough, Adinarayana Reddy, who had defected from YSRCP to the TDP, lowered the bar for political discourse, making derogatory remarks against Jagan’s vocal supporter, actor-turned-MLA YSRCP’s Roja. “Those who roam around without clothes, have no right to speak about clothes,” hit out Reddy, who went on to say, “People like Roja are shameful to this system. If they want to come they should come in a democratic way not in a zigzag manner," ABN a telugu channel reported.
With the Nandyal bye-elections scheduled for August 23, Minister for Municipal Administration, P Narayana took a dig at Jagan Mohan Reddy, calling him “impatient” and “unfit for politics”. Goading the YSRCP, Narayana said that Jagan was making such inflammatory statements as he was in fear of losing the Nandyal seat and warned that such behaviour would not work in politics, The Hindu reported.
Nandyal, a constituency in Andhra's Rayalaseema area, has been witnessing a political void ever since the death of its sitting MLA Bhuma Nagi Reddy from a heart attack on March 12.
After winning on a YSRCP ticket along with his daughter Bhuma Akhila Priya in 2014, the MLA had defected to the TDP in February last year.
While the ruling TDP has named Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy as its candidate, the YSRCP has named Silpa Mohan Reddy as its nominee for the August 23 bye-poll.