Jaleel Khan claims three more YSR Congress MLAs would join TDP
Amaravati: Legislator Jaleel Khan, who defected to the ruling TDP from the YSR Congress, claimed that three more legislators from the Opposition would join the ruling party shortly. This would take the number of defections from the YSR Congress to 24, he said and asserted that the defection of legislators would show the poor performance of Leader of Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.
Jaleel Khan, who was found on the lobbies of the Assembly was seen asking the YSR Congress legislators to leave the party and join the ruling party. He said that the State would develop only under the leadership of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. He said he had spent over Rs 300 crore in his constituency on various developmental activities. “My constituency would have all the infrastructure facilities and we don’t need to be a Minister in Chandrababu Naidu’s regime to serve the people,” he asserted.
When asked about his chances of becoming a Minister in the next cabinet expansion, Jaleel Khan, who is said to have been promised the Cabinet berth to defect said he had no plans. “It is the prerogative of the Chief Minister. We don’t really need to be a Minister to serve people with Chandrababu Naidu at the helm,” he said.
Jaleel Khan said that his popularity in the Constituency is increasing after he had joined the TDP. “I would win with comfortable majority in the next elections. That is the vision of Chandrababu Naidu,” he asserted. He further said that “Even Pawan Kalyan contests against me, I would win with at least 10 votes majority. That is the popularity of Chandrababu Naidu.”
Jaleel Khan said that the YSR Congress was losing its ground in the State as the party had failed to strengthen its base at the grassroots. He further added that Jaganmohan Reddy had not changed his style of functioning. He alleged that Jaganmohan Reddy was creating hurdles for the development of the State at every stage which people were not accepting. “People want the State to be developed and Jaganmohan Reddy is not allowing. It is for this reason, leaders are leaving and cadre at the grassroots are deserting,” he claimed.