TD and JS to release joint manifesto: Naidu

TD Chief Chandrababu Naidu addresses victory meeting, hints at historical alliance with Jana Sena, accuses YSRCP of pre-poll jitters.

Visakhapatnam: Telugu Desam chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu has announced that talks were going on with Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan and joint meetings of TD and JS will be held in Tirupati and Amaravati to finalise the joint manifesto.

He was addressing a ‘ victory meeting’ as part of TD general secretary Nara Lokesh’s Yuvagalam Padayatra at Polipalli in Nellimarla constituency of Vizianagaram district on Thursday. TD and JS supporters gathered in large numbers for the meeting.

Chandrababu said, “YSRCP's defeat had been fixed the day when TD and JS joined hands. The YSRCP is worried over this. That is why Jagan Reddy is busy transferring and removing his MLAs and other candidates in various constituencies for the upcoming assembly polls.”

Chandrababu said Jagan Reddy was not worthy and suitable for politics. He cautioned the people to keep checking whether their votes were being removed from the voters list at the behest of the YSRC. Calling the YSRC a sinking boat, Chandrababu Naidu said the TD and JS alliance is historical and AP needs it now.

He said, "Padayatras are not new in India. I have also gone for padayatras. NTR started the Chaitanya Yatra to create awareness among the people. I have seen many padayatras in the last 45 years, but no one had ever attacked padayatras. The first time we saw such attacks was during the rule of Jagan Reddy. The police blocked us and caused us many problems. The Yuvagalam volunteers were sent to jail. We will surely pay back to him with interest.”

Speaking at the Yuvagalam-Navasakam Sabha, JS chief Pawan Kalyan said, “When I was invited to this meeting, I said it was Lokesh's day. He was on the road for 226 days and walked 3132km. But, TD asked me too to come. I too want to do a padayatra but I am unable to do it because many people may face hardships. I feel sad that I did not get such an opportunity.”

PK also explained why the previous alliance between the TD and JS broke. “I supported the TD at that time and I thought that we would stand together for a decade. Unfortunately, due to differences of opinion, we could not take it forward in 2019. As a result, Jagan's government came into existence. This time, I don’t want to take any chances.”

Notably, the TD - JS alliance launched their joint election campaign from Vizianagaram district during the Yuvagalam closing ceremony on Wednesday.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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