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Cash for votes in Andhra Pradesh: Jagan’s shameless self-promotion

The YSR Congress Party dresses up advertising and bribery as social welfare

Cash for votes in Andhra Pradesh: Jagan’s shameless self-promotion

The YSR Congress Party dresses up advertising and bribery as social welfare

Cash for votes in Andhra Pradesh: Jagan’s shameless self-promotion

The YSR Congress Party dresses up advertising and bribery as social welfare

Cash for votes in Andhra Pradesh: Jagan’s shameless self-promotion

The YSR Congress Party dresses up advertising and bribery as social welfare

Jagan Mohan Reddy’s “innovations” are nothing but a ploy to buy votes, sacrificing long-term policy in favour of short-term interests.

In February 2021, the Andhra Pradesh state government bought 9260 vehicles, costing Rs 539 crore, for the purpose of delivering rice and other food supplies to ration card holders. The vehicles, known as Mobile Dispensing Units or MDUs, will make their rounds every month, saving those in need from the long queues at the fair price shops.

It sounds like a worthy initiative. In press interviews, Jagan Mohan Reddy explained the motivation for the project: he had been moved by the sad plight of the elderly and disabled who had to make their own way to the fair price shops and then wait for hours to be given their allocated ration. He wanted to make life easier for them.

But that’s not the whole story, and there’s something else behind the MDU scheme that isn’t mentioned in any of the papers. Take a look at the vehicles themselves: they are painted in the colours of the YSR Congress Party, and the wheel design on the party flag is painted on the back. On the side of each MDU is Jagan’s smiling face. They look less like food delivery vans than political campaign buses – a mobile advertisement for the current administration.

This is not social welfare; it is party politics.

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