The Andhra Pradesh unit of the BJP on Tuesday alleged that funds being sanctioned by the Centre to the state was being misused by the YSRCP government, led by Jagan Mohan Reddy.
In a statement, party spokesperson Lanka Dinakar alleged that funds sanctioned under the Centre's Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan scheme for running local government schools was being misused as YSRCP party colours were being painted on the buildings, "as observed in Kotalaparru village in Achanta Assembly Constituency in West Godavari District."
"Andhra government should use funds for better infrastructure and quality in rural education for underprivileged students rather than waste the public money of government exchequer to propagate political parties," Lanka Dinakar said.
The BJP had previously objected to the government using YSRCP party colours on village secretariats in Andhra Pradesh. The party also took note of a video doing the rounds which showed police personnel pasting posters and stickers of the YSRCP and Jagan Mohan Reddy on auto rickshaws.
"What is the function of police in the state? Public servants like police are being used by the Andhra Pradesh government for the sake of propaganda. Should a traffic constable work to control the traffic on the roads, or paste YSRCP stickers?" Dinakar said in his statement.
"It has become a common practice for regional parties to use government machinery for their personal use in their ruling states, and this has reached a peak level in Andhra Pradesh," the BJP leader added.
In the last week of August, the Andhra Pradesh government’s order to repaint the existing Gram Panchayat offices to resemble the colours of the ruling YSRCP and to put Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy’s photos on the name board drew severe flak from the opposition parties in the state.