“The aim is to enroll all our supporters in the party. The government is is very popular and there will be a TDP flag on every house very soon,” said TDP spokesperson E P Reddy. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will launch the programme Monday in Vizag.
The role of election strategist Prashant Kishor, who was hired by Reddy in July, has also come under scrutiny, though he is expected to stay till 2019. While YSRCP won 67 seats in the 2014 Assembly elections, its tally is now down to 47 — 20 MLAs defected to the ruling TDP.
Speaking on the occasion, YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy said, “I request feedback from party members, press, public, and academia. Please give me your suggestions.”
The assets, in the form of about 11,805 acres of land in Prakasanam in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, belong to various companies owned by Nimmagadda Prasad — an accused in the case. The ED said all these transactions happened when Jagan’s father YSR Reddy was the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh.
The ED in a statement said its probe revealed that Prasad “paid bribe to Reddy in the form of investments at exorbitant premiums in his various companies to the tune of Rs 779.50 crore apart from making payment of Rs 57 crore to him in the guise of secondary purchase of shares..”.
“The future is ours. Once I become Chief Minister, I will bring back the golden rule of our late leader Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. I want to rule for 30 years in a manner that will make every household keep my picture, along with that of my late father, after my demise,” Jagan Mohan Reddy said.
Prashant Kishor was also reportedly the brain behind incumbent Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s strategy in Punjab assembly polls, though he faced flak from a section of Congress workers in Uttar Pradesh.
Rajasekhar was also the Kurnool district unit president of YSRC. He is the fourth MLA of YSRC from Kurnool district to defect to the TDP.
Jagan’s emissaries met him in his hometown this afternoon and reportedly asked him not to “fall prey to the TDP’s inducements”.
YSRCP leader G Srikanth Reddy says the TDP coterie misused their prior information and had purchased land at throwaway prices.
A criminal case was registered against YSR Congress MP Mithun Reddy in November last year after he allegedly had an altercation with an Air India official.
Jagan, as he is popularly known as, had started an indefinite fast last week seeking Special Catergory Status for Andhra Pradesh after its bifurcation.
DD programme Janne ka Haq was the only TV show in India which for over nine years was based solely on RTI and transparency-related issues.
The YSCRP leader said the dharna is part of the party’s action plan to “highlight the double standards of TDP and the delay by the Centre in according special status to the state.”
The party will also highlight the fact that Naidu and his publicity mongering was responsible for the tragedy at Pushkar ghat in Rajahmundry in which nearly 30 persons died.