Targeting political rivals, a diversion from COVID: Naidu

Amaravati, April 25:

TDP National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday rapped the Jaganmohan Reddy Government for ‘targetting’ the Opposition leaders as a diversion at a time when it should have focused entirely on initiating proper measures to rescue the people from the Covid second wave.
Mr. Naidu condemned the demolition of buildings belonging to TDP former MLA Palla Srinivasa Rao in Patha Gajuwaka in Visakhapatnam without giving prior notice to him. While the other States were busy rescuing their people from the deadly infections, the AP Government was only preoccupied with harassment of the Opposition leaders for political vengeance, he pointed out.
In a statement here, the TDP chief deplored that the Jagan Reddy regime was busy doing ‘diversion politics’ in order to cover up its Government’s failures to ensure hospital beds and oxygen supply to the virus victims in the State. The public were suffering due to lack of medicines and vaccine but the ruling party was solely trying to escape from its responsibilities in this troubled time.
Mr. Naidu said that Dhulipalla Narendra was wrongfully arrested in Guntur yesterday while Palla Srinivas property was unlawfully demolished in Vizag today. There was no idea what this Government would do in Rayalaseema tomorrow. All these needless tactics were only meant to divert the public attention from the worsening Coronavirus situation. The number of positive cases was rising along with the deaths but the YCP leaders were not taking up any responsibility.
The TDP leaders came down heavily on the YCP for carrying out the demolitions with a political agenda. The Government, which has not constructed or built anything till now in the past two years, had no moral right to demolish buildings. The ruling YCP leaders were throwing the laws and rules to the winds.
TDP MLC Nara Lokesh said that Palla Srinivas was now targetted only because he courageously protested and obstructed the privatisation of the Visakha Steel Plant. Srinivas had come as a big hurdle for Jagan Reddy’s plan to buy Visakha Steel at scrap values. The TDP leaders would not be intimidated by the oppressive actions of the Jagan Reddy Government. They would fight back the YCP atrocities with greater vigour.
Mr. Lokesh described the YCP regime as a ‘destructive JCB rule’, going by how the Government was using the JCB even to settle political scores over the Opposition leaders. Political vendetta would not help any political party in the long run. The TDP would do everything possible to stop the Steel Plant privatisation.
TDP AP President K. Atchannaidu said that the YCP regime was following a new modus operandi by demolishing the TDP leaders’ buildings when the courts were in holidays. The GVMC officials have brought down Palla Srinivas buildings in the early morning hours. Since to coming to power, the ruling YCP was showing keen interest in destruction, demolitions and cancellations but not development and true wellbeing of the people.

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