In a recent address to the media, Industries Minister G. Amarnath of Visakhapatnam appealed to the opposition and yellow media to refrain from jeopardizing the state’s future for the sake of winning the upcoming elections. He emphasized the importance of constructive dialogue over sensationalism, stating his readiness to engage in discussions comparing the industrial development under the leadership of both N. Chandrababu Naidu and Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.
Amarnath highlighted the significant growth in Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) during the tenures of both leaders. Under Chandrababu Naidu’s administration, 1.2 lakh MSMEs were established, while under Jagan Mohan Reddy’s government, this number surged to 3.5 lakh. This expansion translated into employment opportunities for approximately 15 lakh individuals.
Addressing the investment landscape, the minister noted that while the Chandrababu Naidu government initiated industries with investments ranging from Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000 crore, the Jagan Mohan Reddy regime attracted investments exceeding ₹90,000 crore. He also questioned the legitimacy of Naidu’s political ascent after separating from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founded by N.T. Rama Rao.
Amarnath expressed confidence in the impending victory of the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRC) in the upcoming elections, dismissing the potential impact of discussions between Chandrababu Naidu and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan. However, he remained ambiguous about his own electoral participation, indicating that his political future lies in the hands of Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy.
In a symbolic gesture, Amarnath likened himself to a soldier in Chief Minister Reddy’s army, drawing parallels to Arjuna in the Kurukshetra war. This statement underscores his commitment to supporting the ruling party’s agenda and vision for the state’s development.
As the political landscape heats up in anticipation of the elections, Minister Amarnath’s call for constructive dialogue and focus on developmental outcomes resonates with stakeholders across the spectrum, urging them to prioritize the welfare and progress of the state above electoral gains.