Amaravati: The Road Transport Authority (RTA) and the police department in Andhra Pradesh have sparked a row by pasting Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s stickers on autos. The sticker features the CM’s photo and a ‘Thank you Jagan’ slogan on it.

Andhra Pradesh government has recently started the Vahana Mitra programme through which auto and cab drivers get Rs 10,000 per annum. Jagan kick-started the programme across the state on October 4, which is a part of his poll promises. Even though the plan has not reached all beneficiaries, the RTA and police started to paste Jagan stickers on autos and cabs. The opposition started crying foul over the issue.

Andhra Pradesh in-charge of BJP Sunil Deodhar reacted very sharply on Twitter. He posted a video on his Twitter account in which the AP police are seen pasting Jagan’s stickers on autos. “On the one hand law and order have gone for a toss, and the crime rate is increasing in Andhra Pradesh, but on the other hand, AP police is busy doing ‘chamchagiri’ to YS Jagan.” He further went on saying that there is “misuse of power” and demanded that “errant officials must be sacked”.

TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu also warned AP police that they should perform their duties as per the law. He was speaking in a meeting with his party men in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. He came down very hard on the police department. “The DGP didn’t pay heed to our words when we complained against the atrocities of YSRC leaders on TD cadre.”

Chandrababu advised the police to resign their jobs and compete on YSR’s ticket if they want to serve the ruling party. He accused that some police are “doing over action”.

It must be mentioned here that Jagan used to accuse the police when he was in opposition. It’s time for Naidu to criticise the officers by alleging that they are working in favour of the ruling party. “We won’t work for any party. We have to obey the orders of the leaders who are in power, as it is a democracy. However, sadly, opposition blames us,” lamented a police officer on condition of anonymity.

Durga Ramesh

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