It appears that there was a political strategy behind the comments made by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on BRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao over Krishna waters. Jagan in the Assembly said that because of the then Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao AP was able to get Krishna water. Further, Jagan said unless the Telangana State, which is in the upstream releases water, Andhra Pradesh which is in the down stream, won’t get Krishna water. Jagan added that KCR allowed the release of water to AP.
Jagan made these comments when the Congress and the BRS are making allegations and counter allegations over Krishna waters issue. Jagan’s comments seem like adding fuel to fire to the controversy between rhe Congress and the BRS.
The Telangana Congress leaders feel that Jagan’s comments on KCR will be utilised like a weapon to attack the BRS and KCR. Jagan exactly wants this only. If the Telangana Congress falls in the trap of Jagan, it will help his party in AP and the BRS in Telangana in the coming elections.
Regarding Krishna waters issue, the ruling Congress and the main opposition BRS are making allegations on each other in Telangana. Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy and his Cabinet colleagues are making allegations that Chandrasekhar Rao failed in protecting Telangana interests in Krishna waters issue. At the same time the BRS leaders are making counter allegations on the Congress government headed by Revanth Reddy that it has failed in protecting the Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar irrigation projects in the interests of Telangana. The Telangana Congress leaders are feeling that the comments of Jagan have become an advantage to them in attacking the BRS. The Congress leaders are saying that KCR released the water to the AP at the cost of Telangana people’s interest.
Meanwhile, the BRS is also preparing to give a strong counter to the Congress. Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, both the Congress and the BRS are trying to get political mileage on this issue. There was a slogan during the State bifurcation. The pro Telangana leaders used to say, “Let the people of Andhra and Telangana separate like brothers.” Using this, the BRS leaders may ask, “Is it a crime to help our brothers when they are in trouble? Is it wrong?” With these words, the people of Andhra who settled in Telangana may turn towards the BRS. If it will happen, in the coming Lok Sabha elections the BRS will get some advantage. At the same time, in AP, the YSR Congress criticising the Congress that it has bifurcated Andhra Pradesh against the interests of its people. Now the same Congress which did justice to AP, is criticising those who are helping the people here. The YSR Congress feels that the people in AP may get negative opinion against the Congress for criticising KCR who helped AP by releasing Krishna water. This may turn against the Congress in the coming Assembly elections in AP and may become an advantage to the YSR Congress.