We will decide whether the PM will be Modi or anybody else: Jagan. Reiterating that the loan waiver promised by the TDP could not be implemented, he said when Mr. Chandrababu Naidu was in power, he did not even waive interest on farmers’ loans.

Promising to fight for protecting the State’s interests, YSR Congress (YSRC) president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy on Sunday sought a clear-cut verdict in favour of the party in the elections to the Lok Sabha and the Assembly to ‘secure a bright future for Telugu people’.

Addressing an impressive gathering at Kanigiri in Prakasam district, he said, “Give us all the 25 MP seats in this region. We will select a leader who will help our State and we will make him sit in the Prime Minister’s chair,” said Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy. We will decide whether Narendra Modi or Ellayya or Pullayya should become the Prime Minister.

“With hardly three days left for the general election, people should make up their mind whether they want a party which will fight for protecting the State’s interests or a party which bows before the Centre,” he said.

He charged the Telugu Desam Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party with joining hands with the Congress-led UPA government to divide the State for ‘the sake of votes and seats’.

He said the TDP had claimed credit for granting statehood to Telangana in the run up to the first phase of elections in the State on April 30. But TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu was now blaming him and his party for the State’s division, ahead of the second phase of elections in Seemandhra.

The parties, which have turned politics into a ‘political chess game’, are responsible for ‘foisting cases to get rid of me in politics’, contended Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy, who is currently on bail for alleged economic offences.

Reiterating that the loan waiver promised by the TDP could not be implemented, he said when Mr. Chandrababu Naidu was in power, he did not even waive interest on farmers’ loans.

He promised to complete the multi-crore Veligonda project early to provide irrigation and drinking water to drought-prone Prakasam district while canvassing for party Kanigiri MLA candidate B. Madhusudan Yadav and Ongole MP candidate Y.V. Subba Reddy.

Nellore Staff Reporter adds: Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy addressed a roadshow at Kavali town where he asserted that it was their party that would decide who will become the next Prime Minister.

Taking a dig at the Telugu Desam Party, Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy deplored that TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu was asking people to vote for Modi for the PM’s post, which amounted to prostrating before the Central leaders. This should not be the case and the YSRC will make an appeal that Andhra Pradesh voters should cast their vote for their self-respect and pride this time, he said.

Directing his attack only on the TDP, Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy described the election as a struggle between credibility and dishonesty and between straightforwardness and deception. “Mr. Chandrababu Naidu is lying to the people. He is making all sorts of false promises only to mislead the people,” the YSRC president said.

Stating that his father Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy stilled lived in the hearts of the poor people by virtue of his welfare programmes, Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy said that Mr. Chandrababu Naidu did not care to think of the need for providing financial assistance to students and healthcare for poor families.