Piqued at the Telugu Desam Party’s (TDP) allegation of behind-the-scene deal with the Congress, the YSR Congress Party has lashed out at both the parties for turning the tables.

Central committee member Bhumana Karunakar Reddy made it clear that their party was not just an opposition, but a sworn ‘enemy’ to the Congress and the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. “By its undemocratic outlook, suppressive measures, authoritarian attitude, anti-people stand and vindictive politics, the Congress has turned out to be our first enemy and we will ensure that the party is uprooted from the State’s political landscape and rendered a non-entity, akin to States like Tamil Nadu and West Bengal,” he announced at a media conference here on Monday.

Taking serious exception to the Union government’s unilateral decision to bifurcate the State, paying little heed to the genuine concerns of the Seemandhra people, he said the Congress and the TDP had emerged traitors of the region. “TDP support is UPA’s strength”, he quipped, recalling the ‘nexus’ between the two, as witnessed during voting on FDI, MLC elections, no-confidence motion and Panchayat elections.

“Even as public outrage grew by day over the CWC decision, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy remained in deep slumber for ten days before proclaiming to be a Samaikyandhra champion,” he charged.

In a similar note, he flayed the TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu for his initial response of seeking Rs. 4 lakh crore from the Centre in the wake of bifurcation. Dubbing the public representatives of both the parties as ‘traitors of Samaikyandhra movement’, he observed that they feigned support only out of fear of backlash from their constituents.