Kiran Kumar Reddy's new party picks chappal as symbol

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Hyderabad, March 17: The Jai Samaikyandhra Party, recently launched by Akiran Kumar Reddy, the former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, picked chappal (slipper) as its party symbol. The announcement was made on Sunday during an interaction in Vishakhapatnam between Reddy and local party leaders with student bodies that took part in the Samaikyandhra (united Andhra) agitation. Reddy, a former Congressman, said Jai Samaikyandhra is not a slogan but a policy.

What made the party leadership choose such a symbol? To this, Reddy said slippers symbolise protection and likewise the party aims to serve the people. Another party leader said slippers are always worn in pairs and hence signify unity.

Reddy said slippers symbolise protection and so does his party

Reddy left the Congress protesting against the high command's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh into Telangana and Seemandhra. Speaking at the interaction which did not have a big attendance, the former Andhra CM was more critical of parties like the BJP, Telugu Desam Party and YSR Congress. He said the Congress divided Andhra Pradesh in a shameful manner and showed disrespect to the people of Seemandhra and the BJP supported it.

He also said the bifurcation of the state will affect Telangana's power supply. He said while Telangana consumes 115 million units of power, it generates just 57 million units. He added that Seemandhra will lose out on scopes of higher education, medical facilities and job opportunities.

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