‘ Playing the Victim Card ‘: YSR Congress Hits the ‘ Man-made Floods ‘ Remark at Naidu

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Ambati Rambabu, senior YSRC functionary, said Naidu’s comments that the floods were man-made and directed at flooding his river-front home are amateur and lack understanding. He Said Naidu was only attempting for no valid reason to play the sympathy card.

Amaravati: Hitting out President N Chandrababu Naidu of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) for his comments on floods and his submerged house, the ruling leadership of the YRS Congress said that the former CM only tried to politize the issue and play a victim card.

Senior YSRC functionary Ambati Rambabu said, “The comments made by Naidu that the floods were man-made and intended to inundate his river-front house are amateur and lack understanding. When the flood fury reached its peak, he left the capital and returned after it fell back… he speaks as if the floods were created by the government to maroon the illegal structure in which he lives… There are specific standards as to when and at what level crest gates should be opened. The official machinery followed all this. For no valid reason, Naidu is attempting to play the sympathy card.

On Tuesday, Naidu alleged intentionally delayed the release of Krishna water from the Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar projects to sink his house by the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government. He also claimed that if the water was released earlier, the floods could have been avoided.

With regard to the controversy over the chief minister refusing to light a ceremonial lamp ahead of a U.S. function, Rambabu said, “The rule is to use an electronic lamp, especially in an auditorium, in which he refused to participate.”

“TDP and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rulers have blown the problem out of proportion. When the previous Naidu-led TDP government demolished temples and places of worship in the name of building a new capital, the same leaders had remained silent, “added Rambabu.

When asked about Municipal Affairs Minister Botsa Satyanrayana hinting at a possible shift from Amaravati to the new capital city, he said, “The minister was just repeating what the Sivaramakrishnan Committee said about building the capital formation, and he did not mention the capital city status anywhere. It was just a media section that circulated it.

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