Hyderabad: In a surprising move, YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy has lauded the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. In his first press meet after he came out of jail, Jaganmohan Reddy said, "I have a lot of respect for Modi's administrative capabilities. Why can't he practice a secular, inclusive politics and bring the entire opposition together"?
Jagan's first public statement in the last 16 months has shocked the Congress, which is hoping for a post-poll tie up with his party. Even though, Jagan maintained that his party is going to polls alone and would tie up with only a secular front at the Centre, his public admiration of Modi is leading to speculations over a possible Jagan - NDA tie-up, if the NDA manages to come to power.
Attacking the ruling Congress, he said, "Congress is playing politics for votes. It is dividing the state. How will the water sharing woes, employment and the issue of Hyderabad be resolved"? Dismissing the reports on his secret deal with the Congress, he said, "Instead of striking a deal with the Congress for my freedom, I would rather be in jail".
Hitting out at the Congress leadership he said that there was a conspiracy against him. He expressed fears over AP losing revenue in case of a division of the state. He said, "If we divide Hyderabad, then the people won't even get salaries, because, half of the income comes from there". He promised to contribute to the development of united Andhra Pradesh.
He thanked his supporters who have stood by him when he was in jail for 16 months. He said that only YSRCP, CPM and MIM had made their stand clear stand on united Andhra Pradesh. He also took on his arch rival the TDP. He said that the TDP had betrayed the people of AP by not fighting for a just cause. He sarcastically said "Congress is dividing the state to gain votes. The TDP isn't doing anything for the fear of losing votes".