Zee Media Bureau
Hyderabad: Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Monday found support from unexpected quarters.
YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy, who was recently released on bail in connection with the disproportionate assets case against him, today praised Modi by saying he liked him as an administrator.
“I appreciate Narendra Modi as an administrator, but I want peace with development,” the YSR chief said.
The young YSR leader further heaped praise on Modi by saying, “Ï want him to bring all parties on a secular platform.”
Coming down heavily on his arch-rival TDP chief, Jagan Reddy said, “I am secular, will continue to be secular. I am not like Chandrababu Naidu who changes stands.”
“We are committed to secularism, like the Communists, like the JD (U),” he added.
Speaking to reporters about his long stay in jail in connection with the assets case, Reddy said, “This is a political conspiracy against me, I was denied bail for 16 months.”
The young politician also blamed Congress for bifurcating the state of Andhra Pradesh for vote bank politics.
“Congress divided Andhra Pradesh for votes,” he said, while attacking the party his father belonged to.
Reddy also met the Governor, ESL Narasimhan, to demand a special session of the State Legislature to collate opinion against the bifurcation which will result in the formation of a new state of Telangana.
Jagan Reddy made these remarks shortly after he was allowed by the special CBI court to visit Kadapa district to pay homage at the `samadhi` of his father, the late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.
However, the court did not allow him to visit Guntur district, where he was to participate in a farmer`s meet organised by his party in support of united Andhra Pradesh cause on October 4.
Jagan, who was released from jail after getting bail in the case on September 24, had sought permission to visit his father`s grave at Idupulapaya on October 1 and 2.
While granting him bail on September 23, the court had asked the Kadapa MP not to leave Hyderabad without its permission.
He is not to address any public meeting during his visit to Idupulapaya, nor can he go anywhere else, the court said today.