Cornered from all sides, Chandrababu has been desperately looking for some crowd-pullers and is importing them from outside as he has nothing to say about his achievements nor he has any moral ground to address the people after failing to fulfilling all election promises, YSR Congress Party. The slogan ‘Bye Bye Babu’ is nothing short of the people’s verdict, party leaders said.
Addressing a string of public meetings across the state, the party President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Honorary President YS Vijayamma, and Party leader YS Sharmila said that Chandrababu has never contested any election on his own steam. He usurped the TDP and power from NTR initially, teamed up with NDA or the Left Parties so that national leaders would come and campaign for him.
With Left and Right going out of his orbit, he tied up with Congress and we do not know why they are not campaigning jointly after the Telangana debacle, the YSRCP leaders said. Now he started importing chief ministers and former chief ministers from other states to escort him on the dais of his own state.
He had tie-up with all the parties while YSRCP had never aligned with any party and is fighting it alone all the way, they said. Chandrababu has been falsely propagating that the YSRCP is with Modi and TRS while it was he who had a four-year honeymoon with BJP and had asked for a possible alliance with TRS when he met TRS leaders at Harikrishna’s funeral.
Chandrababu is prepared to have tie-up with any party and can change colours with faster than a chameleon. The YSRCP stands on a high moral footing. It will fight the electoral battle single-handedly, they said.
The YSRCP leaders reminded the people about the poll promises of Chandrababu Naidu and how they were not honoured and how major sections of the people were impacted by his cheating. They spoke about the golden era of Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy and said the Navaratnas promised by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy would improve the quality of life of all sections of the people. Navaratnas were drafted keeping all sections in mind based on the feedback from Praja Sankalpa Yatra directly from the people. Moreover, the YSR family has the record of not going back on poll promises, they said.
The theme song of ‘Ravali Jagan, Kavali Jagan’ is the requiem of Chandrababu regime and his slogan of ‘Your future is my responsibility’ was blown away, as one can judge from the sea of humanity thronging the various venues where the YSRCP leaders were addressing meetings. While Chandrababu Naidu has been dubbed as the richest chief minister in the country, the poor ordinary farmer of state is in the list of most indebted ones in the country, they pointed out.
While Chandrababu's wealth has increased manifold and his son Lokesh got a job as MLC and is a minister with three portfolios, the youth have no jobs and the contract workers have lost their jobs. The number of unemployed had nearly doubled during the last five years, they said.
"We will support only those who assure us Special Category Status (SCS) and welfare is the watchword of YSRCP. TDP has got money, muscle and media power, but we have the power of the people. This is a decisive battle, a battle between credibility and opportunism, righteousness and injustice moralsuperiority and unholy alliance", the YSRCP leaders pointed out. They also warned the people of more conspiracies from Chandrababu Naidu in the days to come. They also appealed to people not to get carried away by short-term baits of Chandrababu Naidu, be it the Pasupu Kunkuma or other such schemes.
Before 2014 elections he came up with a long catalogue of promises. Chandrababu promised to waive loans of farmers and women groups, provide jobs and unemployment stipend, mineral water...the list exceeds 650, but he did not promise a single one and deceived all sections of people.
YSRCP's welfare governance would ensure women's empowerment, jobs to youth, reservations to locals, women's group loans being returned in four instalments, subsidies to farmers, fees reimbursement, taking quality medicare to the doorsteps of the poor, housing, pensions, corporations. In Rajanna Rajyam, all other promises will be fulfilled, they said and appealed to the electorate to vote for the party symbol of fan.
The YSRCP leaders toured Srikakulam, Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur and YSR Kadapa districts.