‘Have Forgiven Congress in My Heart’: Jagan Reddy Gives BJP Sleepless Nights Ahead of Polls
The YSR Congress chief said that he is focused on securing special category status for Andhra Pradesh.
In a declaration that is sure to cause Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) significant unease ahead of the election, YSR Congress leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy said on Friday, April 5 that he doesn’t hold any ill-will against the Congress party leadership.
In an interview to CNN-News18, Reddy said, “I don’t have any vengeance or any grievance against anybody…”
He added, “I strongly believe that vengeance is not mine, it is for God to decide and I have forgiven them (Congress) in my heart. As far as I am concerned my state is priority… special category status is priority.”
#EXCLUSIVE — I have forgiven the Congress (@INCIndia) in my heart. I have no grievance or vengeance against anybody: @ysjagan tells CNN-News18's @maryashakil #JaganToNews18 | #BattleOf2019 #ElectionsWithNews18 pic.twitter.com/L4RlvpAWkj
— News18 (@CNNnews18) April 5, 2019
The comments come in the wake of Congress president Rahul Gandhi declaring that if his party comes to power in the upcoming 2019 elections, Andhra Pradesh would be granted special status.
In another interview given to Nistula Hebbar for The Hindu, Reddy said that in case of a hung Parliament following the Lok Sabha Polls, his party will support anyone who is ready to give the special status to the state, including the Congress party.
“Today we are saying we are sick and tired of trusting people, we say we have the numbers, and you sign on the dotted line of SCS and we will support you. Whomsoever it may be,” he reportedly said. He also criticised the BJP government at the Centre for not fulfilling the demand despite making the promise ahead of the 2014 elections
The Narendra Modi government’s refusal to consider the long-standing demand caused the AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party to break alliance with the BJP.
It is noteworthy that Reddy had broken away from the Congress and had founded the YSR Congress in 2011 after the death of his father and then Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy in 2009.
The YSR Congress chief’s softening stance signals a possible alliance with the Congress party which may add to the growing worries of the BJP.