PJR’s daughter shortlisted as YSRC candidate for Khairatabad seat
YSR Congress (YSRC) president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy has been in jail for over 100 days, but that has not prevented him from carrying out his political agenda and shortlisting candidates for the Assembly elections in 2014.
Till recently, Jagan was liberal in meeting visitors during the ‘mulaqat’ in Chanchalguda jail but of late he is selective about whom he should meet. The Kadapa MP is said to be utilising his time in planning out his party’s strategy for the elections, either those for the panchayat raj bodies in the coming months or the Assembly and the Lok Sabha in 2014.
Over the last few weeks, he met several probables for the party ticket and, after interviewing them, gave them the go-ahead to start working for the next elections.
Notable among them was Vijaya Reddy, daughter of former CLP leader, the late P. Janardhan Reddy. Only after their meeting did Ms. Vijaya Reddy join the party; she is now tipped to be the YSRC candidate from Khairatabad constituency.
It is believed that GHMC corporator from Habsiguda, Singireddy Harivardhan Reddy has got the green signal to contest from Medchal Assembly. He later joined the party with fanfare and invited YSRC leader Vijayamma to Jawaharnagar in Medchal constituency.
Sources said Sanjeeva Rao, who contested the Assembly elections from Vikarabad (SC) constituency, had recently met Jagan in jail and got the nod for the party ticket.
Another influential Congress leader from Ranga Reddy district is tipped to get the party ticket from Uppal.
It is understood that Jagan was summoning the hopefuls only after getting a thorough feedback about their prospects. A systematic survey and comprehensive background check besides the standing of the aspirants preceded the granting of green signal. Party seniors are understood to be regularly briefing him about the developments.
A senior Minister confirmed that a number of party leaders in the twin cities and neighbouring Rangareddy district were ready to jump into the bandwagon of the YSR Congress.
“Our efforts to arrest this trend is not succeeding as Jagan is meeting the hopefuls and assuring them that he would field them on behalf of the YSRC,” the Minister remarked.
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HOW CAN THE CONGRESS STEM THE FLOW OF LOWER CADRE INTO YSRCP?
According to insiders in the Congress, Rajya Sabha member, K V P Ramachandra Rao, met the AICC president, Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi 15 days back to discuss developments related to A.P. He was reportedly closeted with her for about one and half hours.
During the course of the discussions, KVP is supposed to have made it clear that there are a dozen MPs from the State who are ready to switch over to YSRCP and that many MLAs were planning to follow suit. As for the cadre at grassroots level, he is reported to have told her that there was an upsurge of popular support. Seen against this development, It is clear that K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao’s book-launch was yet another occasion intended to stem the flow of Congressmen at the lower levels into the YSRCP.
Some of the Congress worthies used this occasion to set off rumors that the YSRCP was going to be merged with the Congress. Further, realizing that they cannot face the people of A.P. on their own in a general election, they are trying to own up YSR.
Also, since the CBI has not been able to come up with any concrete evidence against Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy, higher-ups in the Congress circles feel that his popularity is bound to soar once he comes out unscathed from the cases foisted on him.
YSRCP LEADERS REFUTE RUMOURS OF MERGER WITH CONGRESS
The YSRCP strongly refuted reports of the party’s merger with the Congress party. Official representatives of the YSRCP, Bajireddi Govarthan, Vasireddi Padma and Rehman said that it was odd that a news agency of the standing of PTI was putting out such stories.
They said that the credibility of PTI would take a beating if such stories were put out without any basis to them.
They alleged that some people are trying to discredit their party.
The YSRCP spokespersons made it clear that they did not intend to merge their party with the Congress nor would they sell their party the way Chiranjeevi bartered his Praja Rajyam. Some of the television channels also seemed to spread these baseless stories, they alleged. The leaders of the YSRCP questioned as to why those channels had ignored the Honorary President of the YSRCP, Y.S. Vijayamma’s criticism of the government policy on the fee reimbursement scheme. It is clear that a section of the media is not able to digest the success of Y.S. Vijayamma’s fee deeksha.
They challenged the TDP president Chandrababu saying that the Leader of the Opposition should have the moral courage to support a no confidence motion when the assembly convenes. If a no confidence motion was brought forth, then it will be clear as to who stands where.
TDP coverts distort Vijayamma comment!
A report carried by national news agency Press Trust of India has landed the YSR Congress party in an embarrassing situation, but it has turned out to be a deliberate distortion of a comment made by party’s honorary president Y S Vijayalakshmi.
The PTI report has quoted Vijayalakshmi as saying that she would not rule out the possibility of the party merging with the Congress or having an alliance with it in future. “The future will decide what we will do,” the report quoted her as saying. Apparently, the reporter asked her as to whether the YSR Congress party would support the Congress-led UPA or the BJP-led NDA after the next elections. She clarified her party’s firm stand that there was no question of supporting NDA; and on supporting the UPA, she said the party would leave it to the future.
However, the PTI reporter deliberately distorted her statement saying she would not rule out the merger of the YSR Congress party with the Congress in future. Inquiries revealed that the reporter was an out and out supporter of Telugu Desam Party and an ardent fan of its president N Chandrababu Naidu. Naturally, he used the statement of Vijayamma to the advantage of the TDP.
“It is unfortunate that reputed news agencies like PTI carry such distorted story. It makes one wonder whether there are any coverts even in the PTI,” the YSR Congress party leaders said.
JALAYAGNAM COMPLETION COULD HAVE USHERED IN PROSPERITY
Can YS Jagan Celebrate B’Day At Home?
From the time Y S Jagan has landed in jail, extensive efforts have been on for him to grant the bail. What was thought to be a stint of just few days has now ended up in Jagan spending 100 days in prison and the counting still continues. Now, some of the political intellectuals are estimating on Jagan’s release.
They are wondering if Jagan would be able to celebrate his birthday at home. Well, Jagan’s birthday falls on December 21st which is around three and half months from now. So far, the odds have been against him and no one is sure how the case will proceed. But unlike others, Jagan and his team are not bending meekly.
The legal team and members of the YSR Congress party have been working constantly on ways and means to get Jagan out of the prison. From the government’s end, they are doing their best to pin Jagan inside prison to the maximum time. YSR loyalists and Jagan followers are confident that they will see their leader out by then. Let us see what happens.