Amaravati: The politics of ‘books’ is heating up in Andhra Pradesh with less than two years into 2019 elections. During the two-day YSR Congress party plenary meeting at Guntur, Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy released a 200-page book on Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, named as ‘Emperor of Corruption’. He alleged Mr. Naidu is involved in corruption to the amount of Rs 3.75 lakh crore during his three-year tenure as CM of AP.
During 2014 assembly elections, TDP senior leader, Mysoora Reddy inked a book named ‘Raja of Corruption’, alleging the corrupt policies of the late AP former CM Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy. TDP used this book extensively during the 2014 assembly election campaign. TDP also alleged that CBI proved the accuracy of the revelations in the book.
Responding sharply to Jagan’s comments at YSRCP plenary meeting, TDP MLC Buddha Venkanna said that TDP already published a book in the past and YSRCP just copied their idea. AP state Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said that Jagan has no moral right to criticise Chandhrababu Naidu. It is known fact that ten chargesheets have been filed by CBI so far against YSR Congress Party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy in connection with alleged irregular investments.
Yanamala said, ‘Jagan has lost credibility among the people and is not fit to be even the opposition leader’, and counter book ‘Emperor of Crimes’ will be released soon by TDP to explain how Jagan indulged in economic irregularities during the reign of the late YS Rajasekhar Reddy.
With so many books and enormous list of allegations, only the outcome of 2019 assembly elections will tell us which book is more influential than the other.