The war of words and criticism continues in the poll bound Andhra Pradesh.
In the wake of the upcoming Andhra Pradesh Municipal elections, political parties launched extensive campaigns. In order to support their candidates and gain public votes, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) leaders are taking digs at each other.
Recently, on the 6th of March, Nara Chandrababu Naidu, the National President of the TDP, took a dig at the YSRCP President Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy. During a road show in the Gajuwaka area of Visakhapatnam, Mr. Naidu criticised Jagan Mohan Reddy for not meeting the agitators at the relay hunger strike camp in Kurmannapalem.
Mr. Naidu pointed out that the CM had time to meet the pontiff of Visakha Sri Sharada Peetham Swaroopanandendra Saraswati Swami but not the protestors fighting against the privatisation of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant. He said, “It’s an insult to the trade unions who have been putting up a relentless battle to save the plant from disinvestment.”
Recalling the efforts of the TDP Government, Mr. Naidu said, even during the regime of the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, they wanted to privatise the VSP. However, the then TDP Government protested the decision and saved it.
Mr. Naidu said, “The proposal did not march forward because the then TDP Government did not allow it to happen, considering the sentiments of Andhra people. The Vajpayee Government not only withdrew the proposal but also had come forward to offer financial assistance to pull the plant out of losses.”
In addition, Mr. Naidu reminded people of A.P., about the heavy taxes imposed by the YSRCP Government.
The TDP chief mentioned that people need not wonder if the Jagan Mohan Reddy led State Government might soon charge a tax for ‘breathing.’
During today’s road show for the upcoming elections the TDP State President K. Atchannaidu, mayoral candidate Peela Srinivasa Rao and others were also present.
The Andhra Pradesh Municipal elections for 12 corporations and 75 municipalities would be held on the 10th of March. The major parties contesting the elections are, the YSRCP, the TDP, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the JanaSena Party.
The results of the Municipal elections would be announced on the 14th of March.
Stay tuned for further updates.