Chief Minister-designate of Andhra Pradesh Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Sunday said that his government would bring in reforms in all spheres of life in the State within the next six months.
He said that his priority would be to give corruption-free accountable governance in the State, and that he would announce an action plan immediately after being sworn in as the CM of the State.
Addressing mediapersons at AP Bhavan after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jagan said that he would continue to meet the PM till all promises made to the State by the Centre were fulfilled, and special category status was given to the State.
He said that he would have forced the Prime Minister to grant special category status had the NDA got only 250 Lok Sabha seats, by promising to extend support to the alliance, but that the battle would be much more difficult now since the NDA had won 350+ seats.
Targeting the outgoing CM Chandrababu Naidu, Jagan said that his predecessor had taken Rs 2.57 lakh crore as loans during the last five years. He said that the total debt of the State was at Rs 90,000 crore when the State was divided in 2014, but that Naidu had nearly quadrupled it. The government was being forced to pay Rs 20,000 crore as interest on the loans taken by Naidu, he lamented.
Commenting on his party's manifesto, Jagan said that he would treat it as a sacred book, and that his priority would be to fulfill all the promises made in it.
He also said that he would ban liquor sale in phases. Stating that liquor would be sold only in five star hotels in the State, Jagan said that he would not seek the votes of the people without enforcing a total ban on liquor sales.