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Jagan invites Chandrababu Naidu

YS Jaganmohan Reddy has invited his predecessor N Chandrababu Naidu to witness him say “Yeduguri Sanditi Jaganmohan Reddy ane nenu” at the Indira Gandhi stadium in Vijayawada at 12.23 pm on 30 May. The CM-designate, according to Sakshi TV, the channel owned by Jagan’s family, had called Naidu over phone to extend the invite to the swearing-in ceremony. 

It is not certain if Naidu will attend the ceremony or will depute a team of senior colleagues to represent the Telugu Desam at the event. If he does, he will run into Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao who is expected to fly into Vijayawada to witness Jagan taking oath as CM. So will DMK chief MK Stalin.

If Naidu decides to stay away, he will only be doing what Jagan did in 2014. Five years, the YSR Congress president had refused to attend Naidu’s swearing-in ceremony at the 80-acre campus of the Acharya Nagarjuna University in Mangalagiri in Guntur district. Jagan had criticised the “pomp and show and the extravagance” as the estimated expenditure for the mega event was estimated to have run into several crores. Incidentally, KCR too had stayed away from the Mangalagiri event though Naidu had then invited both Jagan and the Telangana CM to the ceremony. 

In contrast, Jagan’s swearing-in ceremony will be a much smaller affair, given the limited capacity of the stadium in Vijayawada. Only Jagan is expected to be sworn in by Governor ESL Narasimhan on Thursday and the expansion of the cabinet will be done after about ten days. 

29 May will see Jagan on a thanksgiving trip to four places of worship. Tirumala temple in the morning, Pedda Dargah and CSI church in Kadapa district in the afternoon and Kanaka Durga temple in Vijayawada in the evening. He will also pay homage at his father, YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s final resting place in Idupalapaya.

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