ET talked to some senior leaders from YSRCP on the buzz that Jagan Mohan Reddy has got feelers from BJP to walk into the NDA fold as the ruling alliance has been losing partners like Shiv Sena and Shiromani Akali Dal, which has created the impression that the saffron party is not keen on following coalition dharma.
These leaders said there is “no offer or invitation” from NDA on joining the coalition. They maintain that NDA has a massive majority in Lok Sabha and YSRCP has extended “issue-based support” to the government in the Rajya Sabha, the most recent being the Farm Bills. YSRCP has six MPs in Rajya Sabha and 21 in the Lok Sabha.
“BJP does not need us in the NDA. If we were keen on joining the NDA we would have pressed for it in 2019 itself after the Lok Sabha elections. We have been extending issue-based support to the government in Parliament and this will continue,” a YSRCP MP said.
Asked if Reddy has sought Centre’s help on CBI going soft on him in cases of financial wrong-doing, YSRCP leaders said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always been clear that he will not interfere in court and investigation processes. These lawmakers insisted nothing much should be read into the two rounds of meetings between Jagan Reddy and Home Minister Amit Shah on September 23-24 in New Delhi.
“The chief minister had sought a meeting with the Prime Minister then as well but he was directed to the Home Minister. He finally met the PM today,” another YSRCP leader said.
Jagan Reddy discussed more funds for the Polavaram irrigation project and the state not getting adequate financial support from the Centre during the Covid pandemic. He has also invited Prime Minister Modi to inaugurate a 10,000 mega watt solar power project, sources said.
It was a one-on-one meeting between Modi and Jagan Reddy and lasted 40 minutes.
There are several hiccups in YSRCP and BJP joining hands. YSRCP apprehends losing the Muslim and Christian votes, which has been loyal to the party, if an alliance is struck between the two parties. YSRCP fought the 2019 Assembly elections with special status to the birfurcated Andhra Pradesh as one of the main issues. With the Centre refusing to accept this demand, Jagan Reddy cannot join NDA, his party leaders said.
The Andhra Pradesh unit of BJP wants the party to grow without any alliance. It has often raised concerns over some temples being vandalised in the state under the chief ministership of YS Jagan Reddy.
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3 Comments on this Story
Narayan Goud Shagan106 days ago
He is a Christian by Hindu name. He is working on behalf of Christian Missionaries to spread Christianity. He is trying to save himself from the CBI and ED cases in which he is deeply involved. He may be trying to get some financial benefits by aligning with BJP Government. But after getting financial benefits and after he is somehow cleared from the CBI and ED cases, there is no guarantee that he will ditch the BJP at the earliest possible date.
Jayant Budhdev107 days ago
This converted CM Does not change his name as is usual in South India, they keep the HINDU name, but in fact are converted People who loots Hindu temples and shrines
Nemani Hanumanta Rao107 days ago
Jagan knows too well that it is Suicidal to join Modi government. The entire nation knows that the CBI cases were fabricated and frivolous planted against him Sonia Gandhi and joined hands with TDP Chandra Naidu. Jagan vehemently opposed Sonia in the peak of her power when nobody could dare to question. He resigned from Congress, whose father late Dr Rajasekhar Reddy died in a plane crash who was loyal to Congress for over 30 years. Jagan set up his own Party YSRCP and after many trials & tribulations came to power in AP, with a thumping majority.