Hyderabad: YSRC president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday said he was confident of a landslide victory for his party in Andhra Pradesh, given the high voter turnout of 80 to 85 per cent. “This is a positive sign for YSRCP,” he said.
Addressing a press conference at his Lotus Pond residence here, Jagan said people, especially farmers and members of self-help groups who were deceived by TDP, voted with a resolve to teach Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu a befitting lesson.
Sensing the inevitable debacle staring at him, the TDP Chief stooped down to abysmal levels of intimidation and violence in a bid to thwart the poll process, Jagan said. Naidu wanted to keep the voter turnout at the lowest possible count, but people did not allow him to succeed in his sinister designs, he said, adding: “It is highly unbecoming of Naidu to indulge in such activities that lowered the stature of the office of the Chief Minister,” he said.
YSRCP lost the lives of two of its activists and many of its leaders, including party candidates of various Assembly constituencies, were attacked by TDP men, he said. Differing with the contention that the EVMs did not function properly in a good number of polling stations, he said every voter was able to ascertain whether his vote was cast as per his choice or not with the VVPAT displaying the vote.
Referring to the poll day disturbances and violence that rocked the State, he said “nothing better can be expected when you have a demon like Chandrababu Naidu as the Chief Minister.” Fortunately people understood what he was up to and despite all the odds, they took part in voting in large numbers demonstrating their urge to save democracy.
Jagan also profusely thanked his party men and his supporters who took part in the campaign withstanding the onslaught of the ruling party and its men and the pains they had taken in ensuring high voter turnout.
The YSRCP chief pointed out that the Chief Minister’s son Nara Lokash accompanied by ten of his men stormed into a polling booth at Mangalagiri in violation of code of conduct. At Jangamaheswaram village in Gurajala assembly constituency, over 600 TDP workers had unleashed a reign of terror during the day. Many places in the state witnessed attacks on the YSRCP men. The Pasupu Kumkuma Scheme was reduced to a mere drama. TDP had scrapped the interest-free loans to self-help groups. They ended up paying more than what they were supposed to pay on the loan assistance extended to them . So is the case with the farmers. Both Women and the peasant community are behind the YSRCP.
On his ties with the TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao, he said he had sufficiently talked on this at his last rally in Tirupati. Asked whether he was ready with the return gift K Chandrashekhar Rao had offered for N Chandrababu Naidu, he averred ‘what way I am concerned with it ?’.