Hyderabad: The PCC president and Transport Minister, Mr Botcha Satyanarayana, here on Saturday lamented that the YSR Congress Party chief, Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, was politicizing the accidental death of his father late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. He described Mr Jagan’s attempts to politicize YSR’s death in helicopter crash as a cruel fate.
Speaking to mediapersons here, Mr Satyanarayana said YSR’s death was a sensitive and emotional issue and as a close follower of late chief minister, he was deeply hurt when Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy started politicizing the issue. Objecting to Mr Jagan’s claim that all the YSR welfare programmes were his own, the PCC chief said the people of the State would decide the issue.
The Transport Minister recalled that he had forewarned late chief minister not to travel in a helicopter on the fateful day as the weather was hostile. He might have called YSR on phone several times in this regard, he added. He said when he read reports in “Saakshi” Telugu newspaper suspecting sabotage behind YSR’s death in the copter crash, he had written to then chief minister, Mr K Rosaiah, requesting him to incorporate “sabotage angle” also into the inquiry. If anybody wants, they can see that letter also, he added.
The PCC president said he was totally supporting the criticism of the Vijayawada MP, Mr Lagadapati Rajagopal, against Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday evening. He also condemned the attack by YSR Congress Party workers against Mr Lagadapati.
On Telangana issue, the PCC chief said consultations were going on at the Centre to find a lasting solution at the earliest. At the State level, the Chief Minister, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy, too was holding consultations with the representatives of both the regions, he added. Stating that they were striving to bring about unanimity in the ruling party on the complex issue, he said it could not be solved in a day or two. Of course, the Centre would not take years or ages to solve the issue, but it was striving to hammer out a solution at the earliest.
Referring to the bus fare hike, Mr Satyanarayana said the marginal hike was inevitable on account of diesel price hike and recurring losses to the APSRTC. Though the Corporation has deficit of Rs 700 crores, they hiked the charges to mop up only Rs 500 crores, he added.