Kadapa: Ruling YSRC’s Kadapa district and Badvel election in-charge, Panchayat Raj minister Peddireddy Ramachandra, alleged on Saturday that the BJP is trying to provoke the people in the name of religiosity.
He was addressing a meeting of YSRC booth committee conveners and members as part of the election campaign in Badvel. Later, he addressed the media and said it would be good if BJP leader Sunil Theodhar spoke sense. “In the Tirupati by-election, BJP leaders made false propaganda and tried to appease the voters,” he said.
The home minister, he said, was being falsely projected as a Christian. “The YSR Congress is a secular party. We have no caste, no religion. We see all religions as equal,” he said.
The minister accused the BJP of politicizing Hinduism. “The BJP leaders spread lies that Chief Minister Jagan was propagating Christian faith. The BJP does not have people to vote for the party. So it is attempting to take political advantage by making a fuss over non-existent issues.”
He said BJP leader Sunil Theodore was reading the script written by some leaders who went from the TDP to the BJP. “The foundations of the Congress party were shaken. The BJP has no address. We are contesting the elections with such parties," Peddireddy said.
Added the minister, “The YSRC government is taking welfare steps without any considerations of caste, religion and party. A sum of Rs 792 crore has been allocated by the state for the development of Badvel constituency. The work is being done on Brahmansagar for a permanent solution to the drinking water problem in the region. Some 5,000 houses were given to the homeless in the constituency.”
"Our government is committed to the development of Badvel constituency. We would go to every house to tell them about the progress the state has made and the welfare schemes we have implemented. We alone have the right to ask the people to vote. Welfare and development are the two focus areas of the CM,” he said.
He justified the state spending huge sums for welfare and development. “BJP leaders say we have incurred debts of Rs 75,000 crore. Fact is that Rs 1 lakh crore has been given for welfare schemes. The government has supported the public in the Covid season. As stated by Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, the government had reached out to everyone in the pandemic times through “helicopter money” (freebies. AP is ahead of the Centre in GSDP and GDP.”
The YSR Congress In-charge and former MLC DC Govindareddy, MP Avinash Reddy, deputy CM Amjad Bhasha and others were present.