New Delhi: YSRCP chief Jaganmohan Reddy met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital on Sunday and reportedly invited him for his swearing-in ceremony as new Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh on May 30. V Vijaya Sai Reddy and other leaders of the party were also present at the meeting. Notably, Jaganmohan Reddy had also met BJP President Amit Shah on the same day.

Jaganmohan Reddy’s party stormed to power with a landslide victory in Andhra Pradesh elections on Thursday. The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister designate was expected to discuss providing outside or issue-based support to the Modi government in the meeting, stated sources on Saturday.

Reddy, Modi

YSRCP chief Reddy meets Modi at National Capital on Sunday.

The meeting assumes importance as the YSRCP chief during the election campaign had said his party would support whoever promises Andhra Pradesh the Special Category Status. Commenting on the Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh, Reddy said, “The situation would have been different had they (BJP) won just 250 seats (in Lok Sabha elections). We would have then supported BJP only after they signed the Special Category Status document.” He added, “If the BJP would’ve been limited to 250 seats, we wouldn’t have had to depend so much on the central govt. But now, they don’t need us. We did what we could do and told him (PM) of our situation.”

Reddy will take oath as the new Chief Minister of the state on May 30 at Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium in Vijayawada. Earlier on Saturday, he was unanimously elected as the leader of the YSRC legislature party.

Thanking the MLAs for electing him as the legislature party leader, Reddy had said, “in 2019, people voted for us out of faith and belief, in 2024 they should give us a bigger mandate because of our performance.”

A YSRCP legislator reportedly said that Reddy had also sought the support of the newly-elected MLAs to help him earn the “performing Chief Minister,” within a year.

Modi, Reddy

The meeting assumed significance as YSRCP chief had said that his party would support whoever promises Andhra Pradesh the Special Category Status.

In a spectacular performance, Reddy’s party had won 151 of 175 Assembly and 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh, the elections for which were held on April 11.

(With agency inputs)