C Pradeep Kumar
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will be visiting the country’s capital New Delhi on October 5 and 6. The two-day visit of CM Jagan to Delhi has gained significance as he is likely to meet the Prime Minister, Home Minister and other Union Ministers and discuss various issues related to Andhra Pradesh. On the other hand, this is the first time CM Jagan is visiting Delhi after the arrest and remand of Opposition leader Chandrababu Naidu.
CM Jagan will leave for Delhi from Tadepalli at 10 am on Thursday. On the same day, he is likely to participate in the Central government’s review meeting on Left wing extremism. The CM is likely to brief PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah on the political situation in the State following the arrest of TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu in connection with the skill development scam. The CM is likely to raise issues related to funds for Polavaram irrigation project and other arrears that Andhra Pradesh is supposed to get from the Centre, sources say.
Soon after the Europe trip, Jagan was expected to visit Delhi. However, due to some unknown reasons it got postponed. While Jagan was in Europe, Opposition leader Chandrababu Naidu was arrested and remanded in Rajahmundry prison for his role in the AP Skill Development scam.
With general elections in the State in less than eight months away, CM Jagan’s Delhi visit is gaining significance. The meeting is likely to revolve around political strategies and alliances, overshadowing the discussions on policies and administrative matters. Speculations are rife that Jagan’s visit to the national capital was intended to update the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister regarding Chandrababu’s arrest.
The sources said that there were chances of discussing Pawan Kalyan’s unilateral decision of allying with Telugu Desam in the AP elections despite having political alliance with BJP. Further, there will be discussion on the TD-JS impact in the AP elections and Jagan Reddy is keen to know the stand of BJP on the TD-JS alliance.
Jagan Mohan Reddy, during his stay in Delhi, has also planned to meet several other Union ministers to take up various issues pertaining to the State.