On Wednesday, YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy said his party is ready to offer support to any candidate that the BJP nominates in the coming presidential election. Reddy conveyed this to PM Modi during a meeting which lasted for over half an hour. Notably, Reddy is the leader of the Opposition in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly where the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is a partner of the BJP-led NDA alliance, which is in power at the Centre.
The presidential election is scheduled in July.
“We will support any candidate the BJP fields as we have very less differences in opinion. Except for differences on the land acquisition bill and special status for Andhra Pradesh, we share similar opinions on various issues, which we think are pro-people,” he said.
“Also, the BJP has enough support for its candidate to win. Opposing their candidate and fielding another will not make sense,” he added.
Reddy also raised various issues in the Wednesday’s meeting with the Prime Minister and also demanded the disqualification of four MLAs from his party who switched over to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and made Ministers in the recent Cabinet reshuffle. Additionally, he also demanded justice for those hit by the Agri Gold Estates and Farm scam; asking for a better support price for the chilli farmers of the state.