Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu had called poll strategist turned politician Prashant Kishor a Dacoit from Bihar (Bihari dhaku) a couple of days ago.
Naidu had alleged that Prashant helped delete lakhs of voters’ names, sympathetic towards the TDP in Andhra Pradesh. “Not only that, he is behind the data theft in Hyderabad in which micro-level details of lakhs of our cadre were stolen and handed over to the YSRCP,” he claimed during a poll campaign meet at Ongole in Prakasam district. YSRCP, headed by YS Jagmohan Reddy is the main opposition party in the state.
The AP chief minister also alleged that thousands of online applications requesting deletion of names originated from Bihar, with fake signatures.
Stepping up his attack on Prashant Kishor in another rally in Guntur, Naidu blamed the poll strategist even for the murder of YS Vivekananda Reddy, the paternal uncle of YS Jaganmohan Reddy.
On Tuesday, TDP MLA Vallabhaneni Vamsi Mohan too blamed Prashant Kishor for the removal of voters’ names, misusing technology. According to Vamsi, anywhere between 5,000 and 10,000 names of TDP sympathisers including party functionaries were removed in each assembly constituency in a conspiracy hatched by Prashant Kishor.
However, Prashant Kishor has responded with a stinging tweet, saying Naidu is rattled in the face of an imminent defeat. He also pointed at the derogatory name calling by Naidu as his prejudice and malice against Bihar.
Read the tweet here: