Amaravati: Breaking her silence over repeated attacks against the YSR family, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy's mother YS Vijayamma hit out at a section of media and TDP for spreading canards and launching vicious propaganda.
In an open letter, YS Vijayamma said a section of media, unable to support TDP which is fast losing its political relevance, has been spreading malicious campaign against the YSR family.
"At a time when TDP has given up and withdrew from the contest in ZPTC and MPTC polls, the section of media has been blowing the remarks of YS Vivekananda Reddy's daughter out of proportion," she said.
YS Vijayamma said since the detractors are not able to resurrect TDP's image, they have been targeting her family to cover their weakness whenever Chandrababu's graph plummets.
"Even Pawan Kalyan toed their line. Such an exercise has been practiced by yellow media ever since the demise of Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy on September 2, 2009, and continues unabated," she said.
She said TDP and yellow media have been propagating false information. "People never believed in the false propaganda of yellow media which is why YS Rajashekar Reddy and YS Jagan Mohan Reddy received an overwhelming response. As the yellow media is not able to convince people to support TDP, it has been targeting the YSR family which is evident of unethical practices," she said.
YS Vijayamma said the statement of YS Vivekananda Reddy's daughter was distorted by the yellow media. "We are equally eager to bring the culprits to book expeditiously. It was Naidu who was in power for two and half months after the incident and suspicions were raised against Adinarayana Reddy, who was the then minister in Naidu's cabinet. Pawan Kalyan sharing stage with Adinarayana Reddy, now in BJP, during Tirupati by-poll campaign, criticized YS Jagan Mohan Reddy despite knowing that the case is being investigated by CBI," she said.
She slammed `yellow media' and TDP for spreading lies despite the fact that the attempt on the life of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was made in October 2018 when Naidu was in power. She said central agencies are investigating the case and Jagan has written letters to the union government for expediting the investigation.
She said that Radhakrishna had falsely scribbled that Sunita had been waiting for justice even though her brother was the Chief Minister and Sharmila also stood in support of Sunita.
She said that Jagan has the mentality of addressing even the gardener as Anna if he is any elder to him. She said people of Andhra Pradesh have already witnessed Jagan's nature all these years during Padayatra and Odarpu Yatra.
YS Vijayamma questioned Radhakrishna as to how he could make such false allegations against their family.
She said Sunita indeed demanded justice by punishing those who killed Vivekananda Reddy. She said the entire family supports her in the quest for justice.
She stated that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy cannot get dragged into the issue when central agencies have been investigating the case. Recalling the death of former Chief Minister YS Rajashekar Reddy, she said that they once had confusion about whether he was murdered or it was an accident, but was not in a position to do anything.
Responding to reports that someone had prevented Jagan from paying tribute to Vivekananda Reddy on his death anniversary, she clarified that the chief minister himself told her to attend the event. She said a section of the media was intentionally trying to create conflict within the family.
She said Jagan had made it clear that he could not lead the YSR Congress in Telangana because he felt that his relations with the Chief Minister of any neighboring state or with the government were important for the welfare of Andhra Pradesh.
YS Vijayamma said YS Sharmila had decided that she should serve the people as a daughter-in-law of Telangana. "These are different opinions but not differences between the two of them," she said slamming Radhakrishna for writing a series of false allegations against the family.
Chief Minister's mother said it is clearly evident that Chandrababu is behind these writings and showcasing his sheer jealousy as he had been defeated in the recent polls.
"Since Chandrababu is doing political asceticism, nothing was left for them except to gain some attention through these vague writings against the YSR family," she said.