Kiran takes on Naidu, Jagan

Accusing TD president N. Chandrababu Naidu of promising the moon when in Opposition and never delivering when in power, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednes-day said the Leader of the Opposition was making false promises to farmers on farm loan waiver without telling them how he was going to mobilise funds to the tune of Rs 70,000 crore to implement his assurances.

“Mr Naidu, who served as the state chief minister for the longest period, is now reaching out to people through a padayatra and promising everything, including waiver of farm loan in the event he comes to power. But how is that possible? Where will he get the money? Will he scrap welfare schemes like fee reimbursement, the `-1-per-kg rice scheme, free power to farmers, and Arogyasri?” the CM asked.

Mr Reddy made the remarks at public meetings in Sadasivapet and Sangareddy towns, on Wednesday, the concluding day of his three-day Indiramma Baata programme in Medak district.

He said the TD chief is known to make promises and either forgets or fails to implement those same issues while in power.

“When he was in power he did not spend any money on agriculture. There was no free power — in fact, he had ridiculed the scheme. But now he is promising everything, which means he wants power only to rule, not to implement his promises,” Mr Reddy said.

Referring to late YSR’s daughter Y.S. Sharmila Reddy’s padayatra and her criticism of the Congress for arresting her brother Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy to reap political benefits, the CM said: “I ask her, how was the Congress responsible for filing cases (against Jagan)? Or the High Court ordering the CBI to probe his businesses, and the CBI taking up investigations? We have not done anything.

Instead of accusing and pointing fingers at us, why can’t she or Jagan explain to people how he got investments worth hundreds of crores of rupees in his companies?”

Mr Reddy said, “I certainly do not think he (Jagan) went to jail for doing a co-mmendable job, or for doi-ng good things to people.”

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