27 January, 2021

‘The Congress Didn’t Respect My Dad After His Death’

YSR Congress' Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, in the middle of a padayatra ahead of the 2019 election, talks about the circumstances of his dramatic departure from the Congress and the road ahead.

‘The Congress Didn’t Respect My Dad After His Death’
outlookindia.com
2018-01-20T11:09:05+05:30

Less than three years after its founding, the YSR Congress fell short of power in Andhra Pradesh by just 2 per cent of the votes in 2014 . Its leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, in the middle of a padayatra ahead of the 2019 election, speaks to Outlook about the circumstances of his dramatic departure from the Congress, the problems facing the state today and what he intends to do. ­Edited excerpts:

What is this padayatra all about—3,000 km over six-seven months sounds big?

We are doing this padayatra because of the government of Andhra Pradesh. The CM has betrayed the people. What brought N. Chandrababu Naidu to ­power were major promises that swung the vote. He said he would waive all farmers’ loan repayments, knowing well that the agricultural loans came to more than Rs 87,000 crore in total. Earlier, both farmers and women were getting zero-­interest loans, enabled by an interest subvention from the central government, to which the state government was also contributing, and there was...

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