Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy's advertisement on Times Square in New York of USA triggered a political row in Andhra Pradesh. However, the advertiser Rathnakar R Pandugayala, special representative for North America, Government of Andhra Pradesh said that he has paid for the advertisement and no links with the AP government's money.
It may be recalled that Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders have criticized that AP government failed to contain spread of Coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh but it has spent huge amount for the advertisement at Times Square in New York city of USA.
The advertisement in Times Square represents the photos of YS Jaganmohan Reddy and Rathnakar Pandugayala and mentioned that to my Telugu brothers and sisters in America, Takecare of Yourselves While we takecare of your loved once back home.
The opposition party cadre and the others are trolling AP government and YS Jaganmohan Reddy for all words and no action to curb the spread of Coronavirus.
Rathnakar claimed that he put up the advertisement on Times Square as the AP government had done a great job to eradicate coronavirus from the state. The reason behind the put up advertisement is to send a message to Telugu people in New York that no need of panic as AP government has taken all the measures to fight with COVID-19. Moreover, I have paid for the advertisement from my pocket and didn't spend single penny from AP government, he added.
Coming down heavily on TDP leaders for criticizing the advertisement, Rathnakar said the TDP was responsible for the drain out of AP government's money in the past five years and they have no Right to make comments on YSR Congress government, he pointed out.
The TDP leaders are letting the public know, that the ruling party is all about words and no action. It is clear that the TDP is making false statements for their political mileage without verifying the facts.
If the TDP continues to circulate false information on social media platforms, they will land in soup, Rathnakar added.