Jagan needs to shift political base to Vijayawada to strengthen his party
Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Opposition leader and YSRCP president YS Jaganmohan Reddy has to shift to Vijayawada from Hyderabad in order to lead the party from the front. Jagan has been addressing well- attended meetings in different towns at regular intervals and going back to Hyderabad in a hit and run fashion.
The popularity graph of AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu has been steadily dwindling but the graph of the Opposition leader has not been rising proportionally, according to observers. The YCP leaders and cadres become active only when the party chief comes. They are not involved in street fights with TDP leaders. YCP leaders with considerable stature maintain cordial relations with their local opponents. They criticise only the chief minister and his son Lokesh.
Even in Vijayawada, the main turf for political battles, the YCP is represented by non-serious players. Gautham Reddy who lost in the last Assembly elections to Bonda Umamaheswara Rao with a wide margin cannot effectively represent the party. People have high expectations from the party. Vangaveeti Radhakrishna could have taken up the challenge and become a powerful spokesman of the party. But he is yet to take politics seriously. He is cozy with some TDP leaders and does not react on issues. Radha became active only after famous film director Ram Gopal Varma poked him with a film on his father Vangaveeti Ranga. Vasireddy Padma, a good communicator and official spokesperson of YCP, is not based out of Vijayawada. She shuttles between Hyderabad and Vijayawada.
It is high time that Jagan and his main team of leaders started to stay here and be available to the party cadres and the common people who wish to represent their grievances to the Opposition leaders.