Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday defended Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving appointment to YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy a couple of days ago.
BJP spokesman and in-charge of Andhra Pradesh affairs Siddharth Nath Singh told media in New Delhi that there was nothing wrong in Jagan meeting Modi on issues of public concern.
“In a democratic country, anybody can meet the Prime Minister. Even the opposition party leaders also can meet the people in highest positions. It is nothing to do with the cases pending against Jagan. The cases will decided by the courts of law and the Centre will not interfere in the same,” he said.
On Jagan’s demand for special category status, Singh said the Centre had already made it clear that it was not possible to give the status to AP.
“We have given the special financial package to the state and the people are happy with it. So, the question of special category status to AP does not arise now,” he said.
Senior BJP leader and former union minister Purandeshwari also expressed surprise over the objections of the Telugu Desam Party leaders to the Prime Minister giving appointment to Jagan.
“How does it matter to the TDP? Jagan is a responsible opposition party leader in the state and he has every right to meet the Prime Minister and represent the state’s issues to him,” she said.
Purandeshwari, however, said she was not aware what had transpired between Modi and Jagan.
“How can I say what happened between the two when they had one-on-one meeting?” she asid.
BJP floor leader in assembly Vishnu Kumar Raju said it was not proper on the part of the TDP leaders to say that Jagan had surrendered to Modi and the BJP leadership.
“The party should clarify whether they are making these allegations personally or they got the permission from the high command,” he asserted.