'Cast 1 crore votes to party, get liquor at 70': Andhra Pradesh BJP chief

Andhra Pradesh BJP president Somu Veerraju promised to bring down the price of liquor to 50 “if we have more revenue left”. The state will hold assembly elections in 2024. The BJP is aiming to defeat the YSRCP government in Jagan Mohan Reddy.
Andhra Pradesh BJP president Somu Veerraju addressing the gathering in Vijayawada on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)
Andhra Pradesh BJP president Somu Veerraju addressing the gathering in Vijayawada on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 10:36 AM IST
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By | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) Andhra Pradesh unit president Somu Veerraju has promised to bring down the price of liquor in the state if the party gets one crore votes. Assembly elections are due in the state in 2024.

“Cast one crore votes to Bharatiya Janata Party and we will provide liquor for just 70. If we have more revenue left, then, will provide liquor for just 50,” Veerraju said while addressing a rally in Vijayawada on Tuesday, news agency ANI reported.

The BJP is aiming to dislodge the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government, headed by Jagan Mohan Reddy, in the next assembly elections. The “Praja Agraha Sabha” (a meeting to express people’s anger) in Vijayawada was organised by Andhra Pradesh BJP where former Union minister and senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar urged the people of the state to “put an end to the corrupt and destructive rule of chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy-led Andhra Pradesh government” in 2024.

He described the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSRCP as family-dominated parties, and said both indulged in massive corruption.

Veeraraju, meanwhile, claimed that the BJP is the only party capable of pulling down the corrupt Jagan government. “We are confident of forming the next government in the state,” he said.

The YSRCP had swept the 2019 assembly polls in the state, winning 151 of the 175 seats. The TDP could only manage to win 23 seats, while the BJP drew a blank.

In 2014, Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP has emerged victorious by winning 102 seats. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s party was at number 2, and won 67 seats.

Since taking over as chief minister, Jagan has reversed many policy decisions of the previous TDP government. He cancelled several infrastructure projects, took back land allotted to companies and in January 2020, cleared a proposal to have three capitals – Vishakhapatnam (executive), Amaravati (legislative) and Kurnool (judicial).

The three-capital plan, however, got entangled in legal troubles and is hanging in thin air. The high court ordered status quo on the capitals, thereby stalling the government’s plan. The chief minister then withdrew the two bills on the three capitals in the state legislature.

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