YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Wednesday lodged a complaint with Prime Minister Narendra Modi against the crooked attitude of Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu in inducting four of the YSRC MLAs into the state cabinet.
Jagan met Modi at the latter’s residence and submitted a memorandum, along with a book on Naidu’s corrupt deals.
He told media later that his party had complained to the Prime Minister about the luring of YSR Congress MLAs by TDP and sought disqualification of the defectors.
“While defections are against the democratic spirit, accommodating some of them into the AP cabinet is far worse and this was stressed during the meeting with the Prime Minister. We have taken up the same issue with the President and leaders of political parties and this visit is part of Save Democracy campaign,” he said.
Jagan also sought a CBI inquiry into the Agri Gold scam in which TDP leaders and ministers, including Nara Lokesh, are allegedly involved.
The YSRC president appreciated the gesture of the Centre in giving Rs 5,000 per quintal to chilli farmers is welcome, but said it would be fair if the State also adds Rs 3,000 as its share and pay a total of Rs 8,000 to farmers. Since Chandrababu Naidu did not give the amount the Centre should bear the additional sum, he said.
On Special category status to AP, Jagan said he had asked the Prime Minister to reconsider the issue as promised during the State division.
“We cannot ignore the SCS as AP cannot compete with other states unless the status is accorded and that is what we told Modi,” he said.
SCS was also taken up by BJP and was included in its election manifesto and it was mentioned in the Tirupati meeting during electioneering and should be honoured even if Chandrababu Naidu does not raise the issue.
“We will try to mount pressure on the Prime Minister as he is the only person who can accord SCS to the state,” he said.