Vijayasai Reddy says whether Naidu is in jail or out on bail will make no difference
PNS | Vijayawada
Rajya Sabha MP and YSRCP national general secretary, V Vijayasai Reddy, has expressed the confidence that the ruling party will win more than 160 Assembly seats in the forthcoming general elections.
In a statement on Tuesday, he said that the political landscape in the State would remain unchanged whether TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu is in jail or out on bail. He pointed out that Naidu had previously made similar claims before the 2019 general election, alleging that the BJP government at the Centre was planning to arrest him and urging people to support him. However, Naidu’s predictions did not materialise as he only secured 23 Assembly seats in the election, as noted by Vijayasai Reddy.
Reddy highlighted that with Naidu’s recent arrest, there is a noticeable lack of support for him among the State’s populace. The prevailing sentiment is that Naidu is viewed as corrupt, which justifies his judicial remand, leading to a state of silence in the region.
Vijayasai Reddy further credited the YSR Congress party’s successful governance over the last four years, even amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He stated that the government’s welfare initiatives have benefitted the people in the state, garnering their support. Reddy confidently claimed that the party is well-positioned to win over 160 seats in the upcoming election, while the TDP’s presence in the Assembly is expected to diminish significantly. In fact, Reddy went on to predict that the TDP would not even achieve the status of the opposition party in the Assembly.
Commenting on the opposition, Vijayasai Reddy noted that the recent activities by TDP leaders in support of Chandrababu Naidu, who was arrested and remanded in connection with the Skill Scam, have brought additional attention to Naidu’s alleged corruption. He observed that such protests only seem to resonate with a specific social group.
Reddy said, “While we’ve witnessed underprivileged individuals fighting for their rights and engaging in civil society protests when they have been oppressed, the leaders of the TDP are supporting Naidu, who faces corruption charges backed by evidence, by staging photo ops with black ropes tied to their hands.” He attributed the idea of these photo shoots to Lokesh.
He further commented on the state of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), remarking that the party has been compelled to reduce the number of candidates contesting in the Telangana elections, indicating that its condition in Andhra Pradesh is equally challenging. Regarding Margadarsi, Vijayasai Reddy claimed that Ramoji Rao had illegally transferred Margadarsi’s co-founder GJ Reddi’s shares, allegedly using intimidation tactics.