Union Home Minister Amit Shah accused the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) of rampant corruption during a public meeting on June 11. He claimed that the Andhra Pradesh government led by Jagan Mohan Reddy had done nothing but engage in scams, rackets, and corruption for the past four years. Shah also criticized the government’s claim of being pro-poor despite the state ranking third in farmer suicides. He accused the YSRCP of swindling funds given by the Modi government to Andhra Pradesh.
Shah alleged that from 2009 to 2014, when the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was in power, Andhra Pradesh only received Rs 78,000 crore in tax devolution and grants-in-aid from the Union government. However, after the Modi government took over, the state received Rs 2.30 lakh crore in five years. Shah questioned where the money went, claiming that it was lost to corruption by the Jagan cadre.
Shah also accused Jagan Mohan Reddy of claiming the Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi as his own scheme by renaming it YSR Rythu Bharosa and putting his photo on rice provided by Modi for the poor. He further claimed that Visakhapatnam had become a hub for anti-social elements, with ruling party leaders involved in land and sand mining scams.
Shah appealed to people in Andhra Pradesh to send 20 MPs from the state to help Modi win 300 Lok Sabha seats and become Prime Minister again in 2024. Shah praised the Modi government’s efforts in ensuring internal security and securing the country’s borders. He also highlighted the government’s swift response to terrorist attacks in Uri and Pulwama through surgical and air strikes within ten days.