Not many days after facing flak for painting over national flag and Mahatma’s statue with party colours, Jagan-led government’s other decision has come as a shock for the political circles. It is quite normal for any political party to install the statues of their party founder or legendary leaders. But seems like the Jagan-led government took this on serious note rather improving the infrastructure in the state. It is not a joke that every other chowk in the state now has former Chief Minister and Jagan’s father YS Raja Sekhar Reddy’s statue. This Statue Saga took an interesting turn with the government’s decision to continue the installation in all the state universities.
The story started a few months after the sudden demise of the YS Raja Sekhar Reddy who was received as one of the dynamic leaders the state has had. There is no doubt in stating that the senior leader’s dynamism was one of the major criteria that helped Jagan take the CM seat besides having the least political experience. A few of the political analysts opined that Jagan through a couple of moves made sure to add milage to his political career. One is with his news channel and the other is installing the statues of his father with the party funds. And why do such party back off when on the ruling side?
The Jagan-led government has been fast-moving the pawns to install YS Raja Sekhar Reddy’s statues in every single university. While a section of political analyst termed this as a move to encourage student activities, a few others have expressed their anguish over bringing state politics to student level. Sources revealed that the first statue would be unveiled in Nagarjuna University and that all then necessary arrangements are on the verge of completion. When the university PC was probed about the installation, he supported the government’s move saying that YS Raja Sekhar is the man behind granting permissions to the university. The university sources stated that the unveiling ceremony will be held on a large scale. However, this is the third time that the Jagan’s government has drawn warmth from the public for snubbing the legendary leaders, freedom fighters and social reformers rather going with a state-level leader constrained to a particular party.