Lashing out at Congress president Sonia Gandhi for "playing with the lives of Telugu people" and "murdering democracy in broad daylight", YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy today called on Telugu people to give 30 Lok Sabha seats to his party in general elections, so as to stop the division of Andhra Pradesh.
"Do you know the history of Andhra Pradesh? You are playing with the future of our children only to make your son Prime Minister. Is it justified?" Jagan said referring to Sonia, at his first rally here after release on bail last month.
He called upon the people to unite and thwart the politics of "divide and rule" and "votes and seats".
"This is a fight between Delhi's arrogance and Telugu people's self-respect," the Kadapa MP said. "Let us win 30 Lok Sabha seats. We will then see who will and who can divide Andhra Pradesh. If we win 30 seats, we can make someone who will keep AP united the Prime Minister."
He also exhorted the national political parties to stop the bifurcation. "If you remain silent now, a similar thing may happen in your state in future...it could be West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Karnataka and even Punjab. I don't know if (Prime Minister) Manmohan Singh will accept division of Punjab," he said.
Jagan also came down heavily on Governor E S L Narasimhan and Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy for "backstabbing the state" on the bifurcation. "We repeatedly appealed to both of them to convene a special session of the Assembly to pass a resolution against the proposed bifurcation....If the resolution is passed, Delhi will be forced to backtrack.
"But our pleas fell on deaf ears."
He was also critical of Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu for seeking "packages" over the state division.