Amid Covid crisis, AP CM pulls out of electioneering to Tirupati LS by-poll


Tadepalli (Guntur):  In yet another significant move, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Saturday voluntarily pulled out from campaigning for the April 17 Tirupati Lok Sabha bypoll, in the wake of fresh spurt in Covid-19 cases across the state, more so in the poll-bound Chittoor district.  He was schedule to address a massive public meeting on April 14.

The Chief Minister made his decision public through letter addressed to the voter of Tirupati Parliamentary constituency.  In his letter, he appealed to the voter to cast his or her vote in favor of his party nominee, Dr Gurumurthy.  He expressed regrets for not campaigning as promised due to the alarming situation of the pandemic spurt.  In such a prevailing situation, he felt it was his responsibility to seek votes through personalised letter form from each one of them.  He further said that “I understand your love and affection showered on me in all elections that were held so far.  But I am more concerned of your health as I consider every one of you as my own family member and would not like to fall a prey to the pandemic which is at its peak.  Hence, as a responsible state’s head I have decided to cancel my public meeting.”

Quoting numbers from the latest health bulletin, the CM went on to write; ‘Covid-19 cases are on the rise, across the country. Our state has reported 2,765 cases in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate stands at 8.67 %. The Chittoor district has reported the maximum number of cases with 496 cases. The Nellore district has also reported 292 cases in just 24 hours. Out of the 11 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, 4 belong to the districts of Chittoor and Nellore.’

The letter further goes on to say that he was confident of the voters supporting his party and him, due to everything that his Government has done for the welfare of the people in the last 22 months. It further says;  “Even if I personally do not campaign or request for votes in public meetings, I know that for your children, for our sisters, for our villages and towns, for our SC/ST/BC and minority brother and sisters, for our elders , you will support our government. I have also written a personalized letter to each one of you, listing out the specific benefits that have been extended by this Government in the last 22 years. Today, to keep the happiness of each of your families intact, I am rather forced to take this decision. Hoping that you will shower more blessings than you did last time around and make our candidate, Dr. Gurumurthy wins with more majority than last time (2.28 lakh).”