How BJP is setting a trap for Jagan's 2nd jail term

As someone who has a megalomaniac attitude with an autocratic leadership style, Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy has been showing off a lot of his thinking through his actions. Like they say actions speak louder than words, it holds true for the YSRCP government that is currently helming the state of Andhra Pradesh. 

In a recent letter, Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy accused a Supreme Court Judge, Justice N.V. Ramana, of being biased and made serious allegations about him in a letter to Chief Justice of India, S.A. Bobde. He alleged that Ramana has been interfering in the proceedings of AP High Court and threw other allegations of being involved in Amaravati land scam, etc.

In this context, it is important to note that Ramana is going to be the next Chief Justice of India.  

For anyone going through Jagan’s letter against Ramana, it is obvious to question why Jagan chose to be the rebel. According to reliable sources, former senior Supreme Court Judge Jasti Chalameshwar is said to have provoked this thought in YSRCP leaders. Following Chalameshwar’s rebellion and consequent issues with SC Collegium, his elevation to become the Chief Justice of India has been delayed. 

This, in fact, has been thawing at him for a long time now. But, despite being close to NTR’s family, Chalameshwar always had a love-hate relationship with TDP Chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu. His not-so-positive equation with Naidu benefits YSRCP politically. Taking this point to Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, Chalameshwar is allegedly said to have pitched this idea of writing a letter to the current Chief Justice against Justice Ramana (who apparently is on good terms with Chandrababu Naidu). 

Falling for this trap, Jagan took the bait and wrote against Ramana, making serious accusations against him. However, it is heard that Jagan is being mocked for being a prime accused in over 15 cases of money laundering and every white collar crime one can imagine. Many are questioning how Jagan has even taken such a step of accusing the next-in-line CJI of scams and favouritism while he himself is a proven criminal who has even served a jail term of 16 months. 

While this looks like a fight between Jagan and Ramana at the state level, it is apparently a trap that the BJP is setting for the YSRCP to fall into. There are rumours that BJP has been extremely unhappy with Jagan turning the state into a Christian one with massive conversions and allowing desecration of idols and vandalising of Hindu temples under his watch. 

Adding to that, the BJP has indirectly made it clear that it doesn’t want the YSRCP to join the NDA, given that Jagan and YSRCP MP, Vijay Sai Reddy, are proven to be corrupt and have served prison terms. Having such white-collar criminals be part of NDA means going against BJP’s own agenda of anti-corruption which brought them to power in 2014 and 2019. Hence, it is clear that BJP is maintaining a safe distance from the YSRCP. 

At a time when the BJP is scouting for ways to set a trap for the YSRCP, Jagan walked right into it going against the Supreme Court Justice. This is a serious case of a Chief Minister going against the Judiciary. It is a well-known fact that if it wasn’t for the BJP, Jagan would’ve seen a longer jail term whenever his cases came for hearing. 

Given that the BJP has been looking for a chance to create space for itself in Andhra Pradesh, it may use this case against Jagan and open up the cases of money laundering and corruption against him. While that is a possibility, it could also mean that Jagan could end up in prison, being barred from contesting elections for 7 years. 

In such a case, it would not only be beneficial for the BJP to stop YSRCP's growth in the state, it would also mean advantage to TDP. If that happens, there could be a possibility of BJP-TDP tie-up on cards again. Given that Jana Sena’s Pawan Kalyan has still not risen to the occasion or hasn’t proved his worth yet, the BJP still cannot trust him as his stand has been shaky throughout his tenure in politics. 

So, the next best option for the BJP could be to go with the TDP. Now, how this will shape up will be a thing that only time will tell. Until then, one can only wait and watch about Jagan’s fate and the trap his party is falling into while the state’s progress remains halted! 

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