How Can Jagan Fight AP Battles From Hyderabad?

  • Time to shift to VJA

Ankababu Kollu

Vijayawada: It is around thirty months since the United State of Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated. The YSRCP’s strength is mainly located in Andhra Pradesh. Though the party has network in Telangana, it is not worth mentioning compared to AP. The gap between ruling TDP and YSRCP was only around five lakh votes in the last elections. It is the only opposition party in AP Assembly as BJP is an associate of the ruling TDP. All other political parties like the congress, CPI, CPM and the BJP started their AP offices at Vijayawada soon after the new State came into existence.

But to everybody’s surprise YSRCP has no State party office in AP so far. An alternative party in AP politics running from party president’s residence in other state is never done in any state. The YSRCP is run from lotus pond residence of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in Hyderabad. All bandh calls, agitation calls, resentments by YSRCP are monitored and supervised from Telangana state. So far, party supremo never participated in any bandh in his own state where his future in politics lies.

In Vijayawada where headquarters of political parties except TDP, YSRCP does have its office premises. TDP State office is operating from Guntur.

Only former minister K. Pardhasaradhi, spokesperson of YSRCP, has been conducting press conferences from his residence and trade union leader Gowtam Reddy from his house. No party functionary available in Vijayawada to represent any grievence to concerned ministers or officers coming from other districts in the state. Any legislator, leader, party worker has to go to other state to meet their party president.

Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, political secretary to party president, Vijayasai Reddy , considered next in hirarchy to party president, are residing with their families in Hyderabad only. It may be difficult for YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to get a spacious and modern house as lotus pond at Vijayawada to live.

Moreover, it may be difficult to shift family here as his children are studying at Hyderabad and Bengaluru and wife Bharathi is looking after SAKSHI Media Group as its chairperson. Jagan may be coming to AP for consoling families who are in distress either farmers, students, accident victims or others. It is generally discussed that Jagan comes to AP only when some untoward incident takes place.

He may be participating in Dharnas, fastings and Rytu Chaitanya rallies, Yuvabheri , but his presence in the home state on regular basis will have much impact than coming now and then. It is also believed here that his regular attendance in courts may be another reason for not shifting totally to home state.

One of YSRCP party functionaries informed about Jagan’s representatives searching for good place for the State party office in Vijayawada where Jagan Mohan Reddy can stay when he is here. But it is very late by any measure to have a party office in home State.  The party president not being available on regular basis to needy is a definite disadvantage.

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