State EC orders probe against Jagan Reddy for ‘shoot Andhra CM’ remark

Guntur: The State Election Commission on Saturday has ordered an enquiry against YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s inflammatory comment against Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.

Deputy Commissioner of Kurnool has been asked to conduct the enquiry.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s government is taking legal views to take criminal action against Reddy, sources said.

Earlier on Friday, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) state coordinator secretary M Subba Rao registered a complaint against Jagan Mohan Reddy, for ‘using abusive words and provoking the public to shoot Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister in public’.

“There is a need to avoid these types of provoking persons in politics and we request people to stay calm and restore the peace in the city,” Rao said.

The Pattabhipuram Station House Officer (SHO) said that the complaint has been registered and the enquiry will be done, adding if it is a criminal case the court will take action against the accused.

On Friday during his campaign at Nandyal, Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) leader Jagan Reddy spewed an absolute shocker when he said people like Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu should be shot in public.

Addressing a crowd in Nandyal town, ahead of the bye-elections, Jagan said, “A person like Chandrababu Naidu should be shot in public for his double speak and unending deeds of corruption.”

Nandyal is a constituency in the state’s Rayalaseema area that has been witnessing a political void ever since the death of its sitting MLA Bhuma Nagi Reddy from a heart attack on March 12 this year.

While TDP has named Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy as its candidate, the YSRCP has named Silpa Mohan Reddy as its nominee.

Other parties, including the Congress, are also planning to field candidates.

The Election Commission announced that the election will be held on August 23.

While the last date of nomination is August 5.

The inspection of nomination will be done on August 7 and last date of withdrawal of candidates is August 9.

The counting of votes will be held on August 28.