NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Andhra Pradesh chief Kanna Lakshminarayana and the state unit leaders have been cautioned by the party’s national leadership against making frivolous accusations and criticism against the Andhra Pradesh government with regard to its anti-COVID-19 initiatives. BJP National President JP Nadda has issued a reprimand to them, stating that when the country is reeling under the Coronavirus pandemic, it is not appropriate to indulge in political rhetoric. He also reportedly asked the leaders to refrain from making frivolous accusations on any issue without deeply studying it.
Nadda on Wednesday reviewed the progress of the BJP-sponsored ‘Feed The Need’ programme in AP with state unit leaders via video-conferencing. He stressed the need to ensure that no citizen is left to starve for want of food during the lockdown time and exhorted his partymen to extend all possible succour to people. He also called on the entire BJP party machinery to fully devote its time for carrying out charity works.
It is reported that the issue of recent accusations made by Kanna Lakshminarayana and other state unit leaders against the Andhra Pradesh government came up for discussion during the meeting. Responding to this, Nadda is reported to have issued clear directions to the state unit, stating that the leaders should first furnish all details and evidence pertaining to any issue and seek the prior approval of the party’s central leadership in Delhi before raising it in public. He is also understood to have directed the partymen that BJP should act as an independent opposition entity in Andhra Pradesh and maintain equidistance from both the TDP and the YSRCP.
JP Nadda’s critical comments come in the wake of BJP’s AP unit chief Kanna Lakshminarayana wading into a controversy with his alleged unfounded remarks against the YSRCP government over its anti-COVID-19 initiatives. Kanna’s charges, seen in political quarters as uncharitable and baseless, provided the cannon fodder for YSRCP senior leaders like V Vijaysai Reddy and Ambati Rambabu, who accused the BJP leader of acting at the behest of TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and Sujana Chowdary. They even alleged that Kanna had received Rs 20 crores of bribe from Sujana Chowdary to work hand-in-glove with Chandrababu Naidu to tarnish the image of the YSRCP government.