Vijayawada: Telugu Desam Party National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday asserted that it would not be possible for the drug mafia in Andhra Pradesh to establish direct links with gangs in Afghanistan without the active support of the top people in the state.

Naidu asked how an ordinary person like Machavaram Sudhakar of Aashi Trading Company could open direct channels with the Afghan mafia. It was high time for the investigating agencies to nab those bigwigs who facilitated illegal activities of Sudhakar. The AP mafia has emerged as a threat not just to the state but to the entire country as a whole, he said.

The TDP chief welcomed hundreds of the ruling YSRCP activists and leaders who arrived from the Kanigiri segment in Prakasam district under the leadership of former MLA Ugra Narasimha Reddy. They joined the TDP in the presence of key leaders.

Speaking on the occasion, Chandrababu Naidu said that the people gave 'one chance' to the YSRCP believing in its election promises.

However, Chief Minister Jagan Reddy's rule is marked by corruption and destruction. "A 'mad Tughlaq' rule is ruining the state. Police are issuing notices to TDP leaders instead of catching the gangsters, mafia, and robbers," he said.

Naidu condemned the latest notice issued to former MLA Dhulipalla Narendra by the Kakinada police on flimsy grounds. "Instead of pleasing their political bosses, police should have given an explanation to the burning of boats under suspicious circumstances. TDP will not be bogged down by police and the ruling YSRCP leaders. Just because the people him chance to rule, Jagan Reddy was giving electric shocks to one and all in the state," he said.

TDP chief said that the Tughlaq ruler in history became infamous for imposing a tax on hair. "Now, Jagan Reddy was being aptly called a Tughlaq since he imposed a tax on garbage. There were allegations that about Rs 72,000 Cr worth of heroin was being brought into the country. AP has become a hub of ganja and drugs. Jagan Reddy's own liquor brands are being sold. Such brands would not be available in any other state in India or the world. National and international brands were driven away from AP. Amaravati was a Rs 2 Lakh Crore worth potential Capital City project," he said.

Naidu said TDP used Polavaram to interlink the Krishna and the Godavari rivers to increase the prospects of the farmers, "Polavaram project funds were reduced from Rs 55,000 Cr to Rs 20,000 Cr. But, Jagan Reddy had no courage to take up this issue with the Central government," he said.


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