Jagan To Support NDA Candidate In Presidential Election
New Delhi: After TRS, it is now YSRCP which announced that it would support the NDA nominee for the post of the President. Two Telugu States are maintaining a good rapport with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While the ruling party in Andhra Pradesh, Telugu Desam Party, is a coalition partner in NDA, the Opposition party leader in the State, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, finally announced that he too would support the NDA.
YS Jagan who met the Prime Minister on Wednesday in New Delhi announced that they would go with the NDA as far as the forthcoming Presidential election is concerned. He declared complete support to the NDA nominee. He felt that there should not be any competition for posts like President. “It’s better to elect them unanimously,” he added. YS Jagan also said that his party differs with NDA on only two issues – Special Status to Andhra Pradesh and Land Acquisition Bill. He said that Andhra Pradesh was assured of Special Status during bifurcation and is incorporated in the Bill too. Hence, that promise should be kept. He clarified that his party always supported all other policies of the Central government that are aimed at the welfare of people.
Further, he said that he complained to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about floor crossings in Andhra Pradesh and disqualification of such MLAs. While floor crossing itself is against Constitution, giving such MLAs’ plum posts like ministry is against its spirit, he observed. “Already we met President and other leaders about this issue and as part of it, we took it to the notice of Prime Minister also,” Jagan added.
The issue of Agrigold was also taken to the notice of the Prime Minister, he said. “There are allegations against various ministers, TDP leaders and even minister Nara Lokesh in this matter. Hence, I urged him to initiate CBI enquiry against them. Ultimately, justice should be done to the victims,” he added.
Although, announcing a support price of Rs. 5000 to Mirchi farmers is laudable, the State government should have added Rs.3,000 and paid the farmers Rs. 8,000, he observed. As the State government did not take any such initiative, he said that he urged the Prime Minister to announce Rs. 8,000 as support price for the chilli farmers.
Speaking about the Special Status to Andhra Pradesh, he clarified that their struggle will continue till it is achieved. “Special Status is an important issue, if we have to compete with other States, infrastructure should be developed,” Jagan said. “BJP has incorporated Special Status issue in its election manifesto and made a promise in Tirupati meeting. I reminded the Prime Minister of these things and asked him to take the issue seriously,” he told.
Saying that his politics are straight forward and not immoral like that of Chandrababu Naidu, the he said that they would bring maximum pressure on the Prime Minister as he is the one who has to take a call on it.