Vijayawada: A jubilant mood and broad smiles were visible on the first day of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly. Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy took a dig at TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu whose absence was conspicuous and said the "Kuppam effect" was clearly visible, referring to YSRCP's win in the Kuppam municipality election.

It should be noted that Kuppam was a TDP stronghold and a bastion of the party chief and former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.

During the discussion on women empowerment, Jagan said, "Some people say that it was the Kuppam effect that has kept him away as the women of Kuppam have taught him a fitting lesson after the welfare schemes were rolled out directly to their bank accounts without any pilferage and in a transparent manner."

"At least now, he (Naidu) should understand the relevance of welfare and transparency instead of putting spokes in welfare schemes exploring all avenues, including litigation," the Chief Minister added.

Earlier, participating in the debate, MLA Roja said she salutes the women of Kuppam for their contribution in defeating Chandrababu Naidu and said Jagan has stood for the cause of women empowerment.

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