Vijyawada, March 14: YSR Congress Party chief Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy today said his party will field its candidate for by-election to be held for Nandyal assembly seat in Kurnool district.
The seat fell vacant following the death of Bhuma Nagi Reddy, who had defected to Telugu Desam Party (TDP) last year.
Stating that it is YSR Congress’ seat, Jagan told reporters here that the opposition party will contest the by-election.
The leader of opposition lashed out at TDP for politicizing the condolence motion in the state assembly by bringing in Bhuma’s daughter Akhila Priya to the House.
Defending the decision of his party to stay away from the assembly today, Jagan said if they had to speak on the condolence motion, they would have to mention both the good work done by him as well as switching loyalties to the ruling party.
Jagan blamed TDP president and Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for Bhuma’s sudden demise. He said Naidu had lured Bhuma to TDP with the ministerial post but later went back on his promise. He alleged that Bhuma was shocked over this and died with heavy heart.
Jagan said he and his mother Vijayalaxmi spoke to Akhila Priya over phone and condoled her father’s demise.
Akhila Priya, who represents Allagadda constituency in Kurnool district, attended the assembly on Tuesday. She said it was painful to see Jagan and his party members not participating in the debate on condolence motion.
She recalled that her parents worked hard to strengthen YSRCP when Jagan was in jail.
Akhila Priya along with her father had crossed over to TDP last year.
She was elected to assembly as YSRCP candidate in 2014, following the death of her mother Shobha Nagi Reddy in a road accident during the elections.
Chandrababu Naidu and his party members came down heavily on Jaganmohan Reddy for not attending the assembly to condole a sitting member’s death. Naidu said it was a tradition to condole the death of a leader, irrespective of his political affiliation.
Speaking on the condolence resolution , some of TDP members used bitter words to attack the leader of opposition.
Information and public relations minister Palle Raghunath Reddy said the leader of opposition lacked basic human value of compassion. He said this showed Jagan’s ‘pyscho’ and ‘sadist’ mentality.
Another TDP member Jaleel Khan, who too defected from YSRCP to TDP last year, described Jagan as ‘satan’.
Naidu later told reporters that they did not call Akhila Priya to the assembly.