Opposition, judiciary, media persons – it seems Jagan Mohan Reddy has attacked and attracted controversy from all pillars of democracy.
Most recently, the assembly session was full of name-calling instances with the CM calling TDP MLA Nimmala Ramanaidu – “Drama Naidu” and TDP replying back with “Jail Reddy”. With question hour cancelled owing to COVID-19, the YSR Congress government led by AP CM Jagan Mohan Reddy passed 19 bills in just 5 days. To make things worse, the opposition was not heard properly on either of the 4 days as the YSR Congress passed privilege motions against TDP MLAs one after the other leading to their suspension. Further, the TDP protested because in multiple instances their microphones were turned off.
This is not the first time that Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan has attracted controversy. Earlier, this year Jagan Mohan Reddy wrote a letter full of allegations indicating a relationship between Justice Ramana of the Supreme Court and Leader of Opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu to derail the works of his government. The letter was preceded by a judgment of the Supreme Court bench which included Justice Ramana and had ordered expediting of all matters concerning public representatives. As a matter of fact, Jagan has 31 criminal cases pending against him and 11 chargesheets have been filed by various agencies citing corruption involving him and Rajya Sabha MP and YSR Congress Leader V.S. Reddy during the tenure of his father Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
This was not all, in November last year the government passed orders equipping secretaries to initiate legal action against any media persons who publish news that may be categorised as “false, baseless and defamatory”.
CM Jagan has in the past spent 16 months behind bars and systematic attacks on judiciary, media and the legislative opposition have put the legitimacy of democracy in Andhra Pradesh in question. The dignity and constitutionalism required to hold such high office is clearly lacking in the conduct of the Chief Minister Jagan.