TDP hopes to see Sasikala’s fate befall Jagan
Amaravati: February 14, 2017 was the day when the Supreme Court had finally disposed of a 20-year-old case convicting VK Sasikala in the Disproportionate Assets case. She was sentenced to four years in jail, fined Rs 10 crores and barred from contesting elections for 10 years.
In Andhra Pradesh, the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders, for reasons best known to them, see a similarity between Sasikala’s case and that of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Leader of Opposition and YSR Congress chief. The TDP leaders have equated Jagan with Sasikala and predicted similar punishment to him in the near future.
TDP president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu made similar comments from his Kuppam Assembly Constituency on Thursday. He said Jagan Mohan Reddy would go to jail soon as Sasikala did. This shows that the TDP leaders want to use Sasikala’s conviction as a weapon to hit back at Jagan Mohan Reddy who is currently busy touring the State campaigning for Special Category Status.
When Chandrababu Naidu was making the statement against Jagan Mohan Reddy from Kuppam predicting that the leader would go to jail in Disproportionate Assets case soon, Jagan Mohan Reddy was in the midst of students and youth at Guntur campaigning for the Special Category Status.
It was Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy and Varla Ramaiah who fired the first salvo against Jagan soon after the Supreme Court’s verdict against Sasikala. The duo saw Jagan Mohan Reddy going to Chanchalguda jail where he had spent one and a half years earlier. The leaders went one step ahead and declared that there would be no YSR Congress in the 2019 elections in the State and that would be a shot in the arm for Chandrababu Naidu to develop AP as No 1 State in the country.
“He (Jagan Mohan Reddy) had been a stumbling block for the development of the State. Once he goes to the jail, our Chief Minister can develop the State and Jagan Mohan Reddy would be surprised to see the fully developed State once he serves the term and comes out of the jail,” was what the TDP spokesman Varla Ramaiah said.
The TDP leaders, going by the trend, are confident of diluting the vote base of Jagan Mohan Reddy by continuously campaigning on the cases pending against him and the Supreme Court’s decision on a similar case involving Sasikala.
Surprisingly, the YSR Congress leaders are either silent or taking the TDP rant lightly. Jagan Mohan Reddy too was mum. The YSR Congress seems to be undeterred by the cases against Jagan. Nor the TDP’s premature prediction had any impact on cadres. Apparently, it wants to beat the ruling party with a strong stick like Special Category Status. Jagan’s campaign for SCS has strong support at grass roots level as well as from leaders like Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan who has given enough indications of severing ties with the TDP-BJP combine on the same demand.