“May be the Muhurtham when I took over as the Chief Minister was not auspicious. I have been facing one problem after another. Governments face elections once in every 5 years. But I am facing elections every 3 months. One party (TRS) is trying to divide the state. Another (YSRC) is trying to split the Congress. TDP, TRS and YSR Congress are trying to dislodge the congress government”.
These are the very words uttered by the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy in his Praja Patham programme at Nakkapalli in Visakhapatnam district on Sunday.
Is the Chief Minister in a desperate mood?
Different parties are attributing different meanings to the Chief Minister’s remarks.
TDP has even felt that these words mean that the Congress is already out of the race in the ensuing by-elections to 1 Lok Sabha and 18 Assembly seats. TDP legislator Linga Reddy has said that this statement of Kiran shows that he has admitted that Congress party’s participation in the by-polls would be just notional and that the Chief Minister has already understood that his party was going to be routed.
However, Congress senior leader Mallu Ravi has contended that some persons who were elected from Congress and used it as springboard for their political careers had split it and the Chief Minister was justified in explaining the betrayal to the people. He has claimed that Congress would be winning the elections hands down.
TRS leaders are stating that the remarks of the Chief Minister meant that he was against the formation of Telangana.
Referring to Jagan, Kiran said late Dr. Y S Rajasekhara Reddy has struggled for 40 years to become the Chief Minister and built the Congress government brick by brick. “Is his son justified in destabilizing the government that was established by YSR?” Kiran asked the people.
YSR Congress leader Janak Prasad has said that the Chief Minister should understand that the reason for YSR’s son Jagan leaving the party or the people supporting him was because the present government was not implementing his welfare schemes properly.
Though it could be the intention of the Chief Minister to impress the people about plans underway to dislodge him, the way he has expressed it appears to be sending plenty of wrong signals.