Union minister Jairam Ramesh today predicted that YSR Congress chief and Andhra Pradesh chief minister aspirant Y S Jaganmohan Reddy might join hands with BJP at the Centre after the ongoing elections.
"It's the police which filed cases against Jagan based on the court's orders and not the Congress. The Congress had nothing to do with cases filed against Jaganmohan Reddy," Ramesh said while addressing a press conference at the district Congress Committee office in Kadapa.
He said Jagan, who is out on bail, may not be able to discharge the duties of a chief minister if voted to power, since he would be busy with pending court cases.
All welfare schemes mooted and implemented by former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajshekhara Reddy were Congress party's brainchild, he said and criticised the YSR Congress for claiming that schemes implemented by Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was his own.
"Earlier people use to say that there is treasure in Golkonda fort, but now they say that it is with the YSR Congress," he said, alleging that the YSR Congress has spent heavily for elections.
"All leaders with vested interests have changed parties only to protect their business empires and not in the interest of people. We thank them for giving a chance to the Congress to inject new blood into the party," he said, about the recent trend of politicians switching parties.
He said that the country would be in danger if people voted for the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and BJP alliance, which would certainly destroy the secular atmosphere in the country and urged people to support the Congress.
He said that though all political parties including TDP, BJP, CPI, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and YSR Congress except Communist Party of India (Marxist), gave consent letters to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, they continue to blame the Congress for the same.
The Congress has announced packages for the residual Andhra Pradesh state which comprises Seemandhra, he said, adding that no other state in the country, which was bifurcated during BJP rule, ever received such packages.
He announced a spate of sops for the Rayalaseema region including diversion of Godavari river water to ongoing projects in the region.
He assured people that all ongoing projects like Telugu Ganga, Galeru Nagiri Srujala Sravanthi (GNSS), Handri Neeva Srujala Sravanthi (HNSS) and Veligonda would be completed so that water could be provided by diverting water from the Godavari river.
He said that the Centre would spend Rs 14,000 crore to complete the Polavaram project, which would irrigate benefit lakhs of farmers and generate 1000 MW of electricity.
He declared that an IIT, IIM, AIIMS, infotech university and petrochemical technology university would be established in Rayalaseema, besides a steel factory and nuclear power generating unit in Kadapa district.
A special package worth Rs 11,000 crore and tax exemption for ten years has been accorded to this backward region he said.
He also announced that a Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor would also be established.
"Already, a special package has been announced for ten years and special status has been given for five years to the state," he said.
He urged people to utilise all facilities given by the Congress government to develop themselves and their state, appealing to them to vote for the Congress to enable implementation of all promises.