PNS | Vijayawada
Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, general secretary of the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) and Government Advisor (Public Affairs), has said that Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan has decided to withdraw his party from the NDA alliance. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has weakened, and Jana Sena intends to provide the much-needed support to it. He expressed, “Jana Sena is no longer a part of the NDA; the TDP is in a challenging situation, and Jana Sena will extend its support to the TDP.”
During a media briefing held on Thursday, Sajjala expressed his concern about the deteriorating condition of the opposition party, Telugu Desam Party, emphasising that it has effectively been taken over by the Jana Sena Party. He noted that this development was conveyed by none other than JSP chief Pawan Kalyan during a recent public meeting, and this message needs to reach people throughout the state.
Sajjala also called upon the leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to address the issue of their alliance with the NDA being dissolved. He challenged TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu to clarify whether they have agreed to leave control of the party to JSP. Furthermore, he urged Pawan Kalyan to specify how many seats he intends to allocate to the TDP, as the decision now lies with him, with the JSP securing more seats.
The Government Advisor recalled Pawan Kalyan’s statement in a meeting where he claimed to be in politics for a substantial period, unlike Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy, who has been in politics for a relatively shorter duration, having started with the Praja Rajyam Party (PRP).
Speaking to the media, Sajjala clarified that Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy was not responsible for Chandrababu Naidu’s imprisonment; rather, Naidu’s remand was in accordance with the court’s directives. He mentioned that Naidu’s son, Lokesh, and their legal team are actively pursuing bail in Delhi.
Sajjala highlighted that Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has visited Delhi on several occasions to discuss various state-related matters with different stakeholders, in addition to official meetings. He commended Jagan for maintaining a balanced approach to central-state relations, which has resulted in substantial assistance to the state, as evident to all.
He dismissed the baseless allegations made by TDP leaders and asserted that there is no compelling reason for early elections in the state.
Sajjala contrasted Chandrababu Naidu’s frequent trips to Delhi during TDP’s rule, suggesting that he often prioritised personal matters over the State’s interests. He pointed out that Naidu faced charges supported by prima facie evidence, and recommended that Naidu should cooperate with the investigation by summoning individuals like P. Srinivas involved in the scandal and handing them over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).