PNS | Visakhapatnam
Jana Sena Chief K Pawan Kalyan has launched a scathing attack on Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, calling him a ‘businessman’ rather than a politician.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Pawan Kalyan alleged that Jagan Mohan Reddy is actively involved in ‘real-estate’ and ‘mining business’.
He said that Jagan Mohan Reddy’s focus lies more in business ventures than political leadership, accusing him of employing a ‘divide and conquer’ approach to stifle opposition.
Citing a rise in criminal activities in the State, Pawan Kalyan said that criminality has seemingly become institutionalised. He made a stark comparison, suggesting that the crime rate in Andhra Pradesh has surged to the extent that even Bihar seems more favourable in terms of public safety.
The Jana Sena chief further underscored the elevated crime rate within Visakhapatnam and Tadepalli, the Chief Minister’s residence. Expressing concern, he labelled Andhra Pradesh as a hub for criminal endeavours, citing recent incidents like a violent road rage case and multiple murders in a local bar.
Drawing attention to the alleged mismanagement of resources, Pawan Kalyan accused YSRCP leaders of rampant plundering of natural assets.
Specifically, he highlighted the controversial bauxite mining activities taking place in a northern district of Andhra Pradesh, with an estimated Rs 15,000 crore worth of bauxite reportedly extracted and shifted to a cement factory in Kadapa.
Voicing concern over missing women cases, Pawan Kalyan shed light on the unsettling disappearance of several women in Chittoor. He said that many victims refrain from reporting such incidents due to societal stigma, lamenting that law enforcement often does not treat the matter with the requisite seriousness.
In the realm of political strategy, Pawan Kalyan revealed ongoing discussions regarding an alliance with the TDP. He expressed his commitment to a decision that prevents vote division in upcoming elections, highlighting the potential alliance’s ultimate aim of unseating the YSRCP.
Pawan Kalyan reiterated his readiness to assume the role of Chief Minister, though it is dependent on election results.
The Jana Sena chief maintained that a definitive decision would only be made the post-election declaration.