Union Minister Ramdas Athawale. (Photo: ANI)
Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale on Sunday invited the YSR Congress to join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre. Athawale said, “We want expansion of NDA. I appeal to YSRC President Jaganmohan Reddy to join NDA. If he joins the NDA, he will be sure of more help for Andhra Pradesh.
He told the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, “Think about it. I will talk to (BJP President JP) Nadda. If Jagan Mohan Reddy is ready, I will definitely talk to the BJP high command. That will be something positive.” The Union minister was here to review the implementation of various welfare schemes. His Republican Party of India (A) is a constituent of the BJP-led NDA.
Athawale said in a press conference that the YSRC has always supported the (central) government in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha. He said the Center is still helping Andhra Pradesh “but if he joins the NDA then there can be more help”. Responding to a question related to the issue of three capitals of Andhra Pradesh, the RPI leader said that it is a matter of the state’s jurisdiction.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is doing good work: Ramdas Athawale
He said, ‘These are the days of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi. He is doing well (work) and is moving ahead strongly. Congress will have to wait at least 15-20 years to come to power. Earlier, in a review meeting with officials of the Social Welfare Department, Athawale listed out various schemes being implemented by the Center for the welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes. He asked the officials to ensure effective utilization of the schemes by the communities and inquired about the beneficiaries of the schemes, functioning of social welfare schools and hostels and distribution of scholarships.
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