Jagan needs to do a lot of election strategy exercise

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: The results for the three MLC elections representing the local bodies are out. The ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had won the three seats. The TDP had already won six MLC seats from the local bodies unanimous and these three would make its count to nine.

The ruling TDP had also won the five MLC seats from the MLAs quota earlier this month. Winning or losing the MLC elections is not going to make any changes either for the ruling TDP or for the Opposition YSR Congress in their political assertion in the State. The victory also does not reflect the public mood as the voters here are the elected representatives of the local bodies, who have already changed their loyalties from the Opposition to the ruling party. Thus ruling party will always have an edge over the Opposition with the defections.

What makes the difference is the election strategy that the Opposition YSR Congress followed in this election. Jagan Mohan Reddy should understand that he is running a political party whose target is winning the elections. Giving up the six MLC seats in the local body quota on the ground that he had no majority is not an excuse for a political party, particularly the party that is the main opposition and aspiring to be in power. The YSR Congress should have contested the six seats that were given in golden plate to the TDP. Not having majority is not an excuse as Jagan Mohan Reddy, as a politician, should not expect everything to be handed over to him on a plate. He has to fight the battle, keep his folks active and vibrant, and above all give them a face to stand before the opponents in the rural areas. A continued defeat of the party would demoralise the cadre at the grassroots where fight is tougher and honest.

Everyone in the State or those watching the State politics from outsider are aware of the fact that Kadapa MLC seat is important for Jagan Mohan Reddy and his YSR Congress. Jagan must have the numbers in Kurnool and Nellore as the YSR Congress claims, but Kadapa is important as it is his fortress. A leader should not lose the battle in his home turf. That defeat is considered a failure and the fighting spirit of the soldiers gets diluted. This is what had happened in the case of YSR Congress getting defeated in Kadapa. It may not alter the ruling factors in the State, but matters a lot for the YSR Congress leaders and cadres, who have to answer the criticism. Jagan Mohan Reddy should have at least stood firm in Kadapa, keeping his folks together intact, not ‘hijacked’ by the ruling party as he claims today.

The continuous defeat or accepting defeat is also not good for a party to fight the elections and stage a comeback. Moreover, a political party is not expected to avoid fighting election battles or withdrawing from the battle field. It might taste defeat in the elections, but what matters is the fighting.

Two more years time is left for the Opposition party to survive and keep its folks together. The defeat like this would not help the party to stay intact and ready for the 2019 elections. Jagan Mohan Reddy would have to learn the strategy, winning strategy, and keep on fighting every election, with a strong mind to win every election.

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