Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, in his first ever tour in the city, invoked Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s name and his welfare schemes to energise Congress party’s campaign for GHMC polls here on Friday. Sonia Gandhi’s leadership was praised but Chief Minister K. Rosaiah found no mention in his speeches.
Dressed in cotton slacks, white khadi shirt and waving his hand like his father, Mr. Jagan began on an emotional note stating he never dreamt of a scenario without his beloved father. “He might be no more but his ideals are alive and we need to be together to fulfil them,” he said. Without wasting much time, he took Telugu Desam President N. Chandrababu Naidu.
“YSR used to say that a leader has to be credible who lives by his word come what may. Did Mr. Naidu ever speak the truth?,” he asked. From increasing price of two rupees a kilo rice to prohibition, Mr. Naidu went back on his word. “He is no match to YSR and voting for Telugu Desam means supporting politics of deception,” he said.
He accused the TD chief of even deceiving the Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) just five months after tying up for general elections for sake of GHMC polls. He spoke at length on development works taken up here. “YSR issued the order forming GHMC after Mr. Naidu backtracked. Schemes worth Rs. 43,000 crore have been grounded in the last two years to make the city comparable to Singapore. Mr. Naidu built the Hi-Tec city but forgot about sewerage. About 78,000 houses are being constructed for the poor whereas only 400-500 houses were built during his rule,” he said.
In the next four years all the 3.5 lakh identified under Indiramma housing will get houses under the Congress rule and more than seven lakh got ration cards. “By voting for Congress candidates you will only be paying your tributes to YSR,” he said. “God is with us and the day will come for sure,” he remarked when supporters started chanting ‘Jagan for CM’.
Mr. Jagan, who started his campaign from N.T.R. Nagar in Maheshwaram Assembly constituency and then moved to Karmanghat for a well attended junction meeting, was flanked or accompanied by quite a few Cabinet Ministers like Sabitha Indra Reddy (Home), K. Venkat Reddy (IT), D. Nagender (Health) and others. A huge caravan of supporters and party activists followed his special campaign vehicle carrying his posters and shouting slogans in his favour and YSR.