Former Andhra Pradesh CMs Accuse Incumbent of Failed Promises, Call for Change

Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Ministers N. Chandrababu Naidu and Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy criticized the current state government led by Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy at a public meeting. They accused Reddy of failing to fulfill election promises and misusing power, calling for a change in leadership in the upcoming state elections.

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Former Andhra Pradesh CMs Accuse Incumbent of Failed Promises, Call for Change

Former Andhra Pradesh CMs Accuse Incumbent of Failed Promises, Call for Change

Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Ministers N. Chandrababu Naidu and Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy launched a scathing attack on the current state government led by Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy at a Praja Galam public meeting in Rayachoti, Annamayya district on May 2, 2024. The veteran politicians accused Reddy of failing to fulfill his election promises and misusing power, calling for a change in leadership in the upcoming state candidates scheduled for May 13.

Why this matters: The outcome of the Andhra Pradesh state elections will have significant implications for the region's economic development and governance, which also affects the balance of power in Indian politics. The allegations of failed promises and misuse of power by the incumbent government raise concerns about accountability and transparency in governance. The allegations of failed promises and misuse of power by the incumbent government also raise concerns about accountability and transparency in governance.

Naidu, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national president, alleged that the state's financial condition under Reddy's rule is in a dire state, with debts soaring to Rs 13 lakh crore and government employees not receiving their salaries on time. He accused the Chief Minister of driving, reverse and "filling his stomach by hitting people's bellies." Naidu also criticized the Land Titling Act, labeling it as Reddy's "land grabbing act" and vowing to scrap it if elected.

The former Chief Minister went as far as comparing Reddy's reign to the British rule, stating that even the Britishers did not impose so many taxes. He promised various reforms, including health insurance and pension for the disabled, if the NDA alliance is elected to power. Naidu appealed to the people to go through the NDA election manifesto, asserting that only the alliance has the capacity to take the state forward on a developmental path.

Kiran Kumar Reddy, the former Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh, joined Naidu in his criticism of the current government. He alleged that Minister for Forests Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy's family had looted the wealth of the Rayalaseema region. "The Peddireddi family is resorting to physical attacks on those whoever questions their atrocities," Reddy said.

Naidu also promised to preserve the 4% reservations for Muslims under the OBC category in Andhra Pradesh if the TDP-JSP-BJP alliance is elected to power. He alleged that YSRCP Rajampeta MP Peddireddi Mithun Reddy supported the CAA and NRC Bills in Parliament but feigned innocence, giving a "wrong projection" against the BJP. The TDP leader further accused Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy of betraying the people of the Rayalaseema region by ignoring irrigation projects.

To drive home his point, Naidu showed a pattadar passbook with a photo of Jagan Mohan Reddy at the public meeting, questioning the rationale behind it and citing that the assets belonged to the people. He also repudiated the "false propaganda" of the YSRCP leaders on the "cancellation of Rayachoti being the district headquarters" if the NDA comes to power.

With the elections for the 175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state scheduled on May 13, and the counting of votes to be held on June 4, the political battle in Andhra Pradesh is heating up. The accusations and promises made by the former Chief Ministers have set the stage for a fierce contest between the ruling YSRCP and the opposition alliance led by the TDP. The state is gearing up for the polls, but whether the people will opt for a change in government or continue with the incumbent is still uncertain.

Key Takeaways

  • Former CMs N. Chandrababu Naidu and Kiran Kumar Reddy criticized Andhra Pradesh's current government.
  • They accused CM Jagan Mohan Reddy of failing to fulfill election promises and misusing power.
  • Naidu alleged the state's financial condition is dire, with debts soaring to Rs 13 lakh crore.
  • The opposition alliance promised reforms, including health insurance and pension for the disabled.
  • The Andhra Pradesh state elections are scheduled for May 13, with the outcome impacting regional development and governance.