YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy’s visit to the TDP founder N.T. Rama Rao’s native village of Nimmakuru, Krishna district, on Friday, snowballed into a major controversy.
En route to paying his last respects to YSR Congress leader and ZP Chairman Kukkala Nageswara Rao at Kosuru in Machilipatnam, he stopped at the house of one of NTR’s cousins, Nandamuri Peda Venkateswara Rao, at Nimmakuru.
TDP leaders miffed
This did not go well with the TDP leaders in the district and they accused him of playing “cheap politics.” TDP State general secretary and Pamaru in-charge Varla Ramaiah in a press meet here on Saturday lashed out at Jagan and said, “What business did he have at Nimmakuru?”
On the rumour that Jagan wanted to garland the statue of NTR and his wife at the village, Mr. Ramaiah said, “If he had done that we would have washed the statue with milk to cleanse it,” he said.
However, YSR Congress leaders in the district brushed aside the incident, terming it as a courtesy call.
“Mr. Peda Venkateswara Rao had helped Jagan during his Odarpu Yatra, and hence he just wanted to greet him. The TDP leaders were unnecessarily making it a big issue,” said a YSR Congress leader.