Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who normally stays away from Telugu politics or controversies, made sensational criticism against Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh.
Addressing Andhra Pradesh Jan Samvad Rally from Delhi via video conferencing on Saturday, June 27, 2020, Nirmala lashed out at YSRCP government saying that Andhra Pradesh is embroiled in corruption, kutumbam (family) and kulam (caste).
Nirmala Sitharaman said a stronger state like AP has been crushed under corruption and family/ caste politics under YSRCP rule.
She questioned who will come forward to invest in a state like AP and how can the AP progress without investments and development programmes.
Nirmala Sitharaman said Centre is giving electricity to AP at the rate of Rs 2.70 per unit but the AP government is collecting Rs 9 per unit for the same electricity from industries.
Under these circumstance, can industries do business in AP? she asked.
Nirmala also came down heavily on Jagan for dishonouring the earlier agreements signed by previous TDP government with World Bank, Asia Development Bank etc to secure funds for development programmes.
"There might be political reasons for Jagan to cancel such agreements. But it will damage the brand image of India at global level. Who will believe Centre and state governments in India if we go on cancelling contracts or agreements signed by earlier governments, whenever governments change?" she questioned.