‘Jagan was jailed though there was no evidence against him'
The Main Road here was full as thousands of people converged to listen to YSR Congress Party honorary president Y.S. Vijayamma. They waited patiently for over two hours to listen to her as she was expected to bring the message of YSRCP president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, who was arrested by the CBI in a disproportionate assets case a few days ago. Ms. Vijayamma arrived at 8 p.m. to the cheers from the crowd. She was accompanied by her daughter Sharmila as she arrived on the open top van and addressing a public meeting on Wednesday.
She greeted the crowd with folded hands and said, “I bow to you for the affection you have shown to Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and Jagan. I don't know how to express my gratitude for your love and affection. I only came to say on behalf of Jagan that he would come out unscathed soon and there is no cause for worry.” She recalled how YSR had brought the Congress to power in 2004 and 2009 and always thought of bettering the lives of the masses and farmers through various welfare schemes like Arogyasri and irrigation projects. She said that the schemes were neglected by the Congress government so that people would forget YSR.
She also alleged that Jagan was jailed, though there was no evidence against him, in a bid to stall his growing popularity and to prevent him from campaigning for the party nominees in the by-elections. Turning to the people, Ms. Vijayamma said, “I come to seek justice in the fight to uphold truth and righteousness. I know you can understand the situation and cooperate in ending the injustice.” She had a word of praise for the party nominee from Payakaraopeta Golla Babu Rao, the sitting MLA who had resigned from the Congress, due to his loyalty to YSR. She promised, on behalf of Jagan, that he would continue the welfare schemes launched by YSR.
Ms. Sharmila said that the by-elections were the starting point for areferendum on YSRCP. It shows the love of the people for YSR, theirbelief in the innocence of Jagan and that they want to see him as the future CM. She was optimistic that people were solidly behind theparty. A large number of women and children turned up for the meeting and many of them were seen surging forward to catch a glimpse of Vijayamma from close quarters. Many climbed onto roof tops of buildings all around the venue and cheered her waving to her whenever she referred to Jagan or YSR.