Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu termed the BJP’s demand that President’s Rule be imposed in Andhra Pradesh ‘the height of back-stabbing’ and intended to keep the State under its control.

He alleged that the BJP brought out Rayalaseema Declaration as part of its ‘divisive politics.’

Mr. Ramakrishnudu stated in a press release that the BJP was also fuelling caste tensions by using YSR Congress Party president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy as a pawn in its game.

He questioned with what intention did the BJP leaders meet Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and, reminded it of its doublespeak on issues concerning the State.

Mr. Ramakrishnudu said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had initially agreed to contribute 90% of the externally-aided projects but changed it to 60% citing the 14th Finance Commission’s advice.

This is nothing but cheating Andhra Pradesh, which bore the brunt of teh State bifurcation.

‘JSP will bite the dust’

The Minister recalled that the Praja Rajyam Party could garner a measly 18% of the votes in 2009 and predicted that the Pawan Kalyan-led Jana Sena Party would suffer a rout in 2019.

He wondered whether Mr. Pawan Kalyan’s criticism of the Telugu Desam government on which he showered encomiums earlier, was not as per the directions of the BJP and asked why both Mr. Pawan Kalyan and Mr. Jagan were not uttering a word against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah.

Mr. Pawan Kalyan’s vow to prevent the TDP from coming to power in the next elections was evidence of his joining hands with its rivals, Mr. Ramakrishnudu added.

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