Sending a stern warning that YSR Congress would continue its struggle for the welfare of the people and will closely monitor the election promises made by TDP, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has said the day is not far away when people will look towards us and redefine the difference between politics of credibility and politics of conspiracy and deceit.
Addressing the Party MPs and MLAs after being unanimously elected leader of the YSRC Legislature Party here on Tuesday, he said: “Though there was a small set-back, we are never lagging behind. Despite the TDP tie-up with BJP and Modi wave, the difference between the victory and defeat is just over five lakh votes working out to 1.9% which is wafer thin and this could happen as my heart did not permit to give false promises like Chandrababu Naidu.
Had I done that, the roles would have been reversed, but that would be a short term gain. As days progress and the promises fail to translate into action, resentment grows and people will be up in arms against you and the Party that takes up the reins with such false promises cannot win even a double digit seats for Lok Sabha,” he said. (YS Jagan elected YSRCLP leader)
We will be continuously monitoring the implementation of TDP poll promises, or the lack of it, and will raise the issue in the Assembly and outside and work as a responsible opposition party, he said.
Sending a strong signal to TDP against poaching, he said, the Party started off with one MP and one MLA and went up to two and twenty. When Congress and TDP jointly conspired, foisted false cases and put me in jail, TDP and its friendly media had spread canards that the party is finished and will fold up. The two MPs and 20 MLAs were solidly behind us and did not desert the party but have strengthened it and today we are 9 MPs and 70 MLAs, he said and thanked the party leaders for reposing faith in him and electing leader of the legislature party.
During the past four years we have seen politics of conspiracy, opportunism and CBI being used to settle political scores. It was only Jagan Mohan Reddy and his Party that was with the people all the years, be it on the dharna during crop holiday, fees reimbursement, weavers or when 6000 huts were gutted in East Godavari district, neither Chandrababu Naidu nor Congress leaders were seen anywhere.
We will continue to be with the people and take up their issues more vigoursly and monitor how the poll promises of TDP would be implemented at ground level, he said.
Besides Chandrababu Naidu, we have to fight his friendly media as well which is always dolling out slanted and slanderous stories.
They made a big issue out of my meeting Narender Modi. I met him to give a memorandum on the sops the Seemandhra should get and with proposals like increasing the special status limit to 15 years, share of power, coal and other such issues, but a section of media has been giving distorted and distasteful versions, he said.
He also recalled the days following YSR death, how MLAs had extended support to him and even while leaving the party how some loyalists wanted to follow him and also the caution by some that going against the ruling would be an uphill task.
“We have overcome all that and we are now prepared for another struggle and we will fight it with unity and bring in value based politics,” he said.