Vote for Sale- BJP activists thrashed and seized 1 Million Rupees from YSR’S Evangelist Son in law

published on April 1, 2009

Andhra chief minister’s evangelist son-in-law stirs row

Courtesy: IANS

Evangelist Anil Kumar has started a political row by allegedly
campaigning for his father-in-law and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister
Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy during religious gatherings.
Police said Anil Kumar has been accused of appealing to people at
religious meets to pray for the victory of YSR and his ruling Congress
party, an alleged violation of the model code of conduct.

Even as the election authorities were going through the tapes of his
speeches, the seizure of a huge sum of money from some pastors
attending his meeting in Karimnagar town Tuesday night has given a new
twist to the row.

Police said some Bharatiya Janata Praty (BJP) activists thrashed the
pastors staying at a lodge and seized over Rs.1 million from them. They
alleged that the money was brought for distribution among voters. A
case has been registered and investigations are underway.

“I request all of you to pray for the victory of my father-in-law,”
Anil Kumar was quoted as saying at a meeting of pastors in Karimnagar
district by Eenadu newspaper.

Addressing the Christian religious leaders from Adilabad and
Karimnagar districts, he sought God’s blessings for his father-in-law,
who is seeking another term as the chief minister. The local election
officials recorded the entire proceedings and sent the tape to
Karimnagar district returning officer Dayanand.

After analysing the tapes, the official will send his report to the
chief electoral officer of the state. Authorities said they have
received similar complaints from other parts of the state where Anil
Kumar held congregations.

YSR’s son Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, an industrialist, is making his political debut by contesting from the Kadapa Lok Sabha seat.

Anil Kumar, who is the husband of YSR’s only daughter Sharmila, held
a massive congregation there in December last year. The opposition
parties had then questioned the source of funding for the grand
Christmas celebrations.

The evangelist had told the congregation that he had experienced
many miraculous changes in his own life after he adopted Christianity a
decade ago.

Opposition parties said YSR, who had converted to Christianity
himself, had been promoting his son-in-law to counter international
evangelist K.A. Paul, who made sensational allegations against him.

Paul, founder of Gospel to Unreached Millions and Global Peace
Initiative, had last year alleged that the chief minister was denying
funds to his charity organisations as he had refused to provide money
to the Congress party for the 2004 elections.

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