YSR Congress President Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy during a meeting with party MPs, at Tadepalli in Andhra Pradesh. Image Credit: PTI

Hyderabad: Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, who was unanimously elected as the leader of YSR Congress Legislature Party leader on Saturday said that crushing defeat of Telugu Desam was “God’s punishment” to N. Chandrababu Naidu for his misdeed and unethical practices.

Jagan, who led his party to an impressive victory in the state assembly elections winning 151 of the 175 seats, told the meeting of newly elected legislators, “God wrote a perfect script. Chandrababu Naidu had snatched away 23 MLAs and 3 MPs from our party and now TDP is left with only 23 MLAs and 3 MPs”.

“This is an example of how God and the people punish you if you resort to the misdeeds,” Jagan said.

Jagan, who later flew to Hyderabad to submit the resolution of legislature party electing him its leader to the governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and stake a claim to form the government, reiterated his determination to develop Andhra Pradesh into a model state. “By providing good governance I will prove myself as the best Chief Minister within six month and will govern the state in such a way the entire country will look towards Andhra Pradesh,” he said urging the MLAs to always remain with the people.

“YSRCP securing 50 per cent of the popular vote was a historic achievement,” he said. “This chapter will be written in golden words.” He recalled that whenever people suffered during Naidu regime, YSRCP stood by the people.

In Hyderabad Jagan also met Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and formally invited him to attend his swearing in. K.C. Rao congratulated Jagan for his massive victory and accepted the invitation to attend the ceremony. According to the official sources oath taking ceremony will be held at 11.40am on May 30 in Vijayawada near the under-construction new capital Amaravati. Jagan was scheduled to visit New Delhi on Sunday to meet the Prime Minister Nrendra Modi and invite him to swearing in. Sources said that it will be a courtesy call and he will seek separate appointment with Prime Minister to discuss Special Category Status (SCS).

On May 29 he will go to Idupulapaya in Kadapa and pay respect at his father Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy’s grave before returning to Amaravati.

Earlier on Saturday he also chaired the meeting of 22 newly elected Members of Lok Sabha and asked them to fight for the SCS issue. The meeting however did not elect the Parliamentary group and the matter was left to Jaganmohan Reddy.