It is 40 degrees in Andhra Pradesh and Jaganmohan Reddy could not have asked for a better symbol for his YSR Congress Party. The ceiling fan, the sym- bol of the party, is everywhere in the state especially in the Seema-Andhra
region where Jagan continues to dish out one road show after another.
This is a major election for him as he is looking to become the first chief minister
of Seema-Andhra. Jagan is campaigning both for the state assembly and Lok Sabha
segments in Andhra Pradesh. In the assembly election, his main opponent is Telugu
Desam Party’s Nara Chandrababu Naidu and he spares no effort to hit out at him.
Jagan has been campaigning extensively in the Srikakulam district and he does
not only speak about the bifurcation issue. There is more to the elections. People
have made their peace with the issue and are looking for development now, Jagan’s
campaign managers tell India Abroad.
In Srikakulam, the leader makes several stopovers to interact with the people. He
visits a home where he meets with a family, which has a great deal of love and
respect for his father, the late Dr Y S Rajasekara Reddy.
He watches emotionally at the photograph of his father that has been placed
along with a garland and then speaks with the family. After spending a couple of
minutes at the house, he comes out to speak with the crowd waiting for him.
Jagan speaks about the proposed thermal project and promises reservation to the
fishermen and Vaddera communities. He also says that if voted to power he will
develop Seema-Andhra into a model state clearly giving the indication that this
region is his priority and not Telangana.
His road shows resemble a rock show and the crowds brave the heat to come
watch him. Many are reminded of his father, although their campaign styles are
There is a misconception about this
issue. The impression is that we are anti-Telangana, but this is not true.
Yes, we did try to keep the state united,
but that did not happen. It is time now
to move on and think of development.
You must remember that my father
ensured maximum development took
place in Telangana and contrary to what
many people say, people there still
respect him a lot.
We are making all efforts to field as
many candidates as possible there and
are sure of getting a good result. There
are some areas where we need to
strengthen our base in the region, but as
of now we are strong in the southern
On the Bharatiya Janata Party-Telugu
Desam Party tie up:
I have heard many say that this will
affect my party and its prospects. The
YSR Congress Party has its share of vot-
ers and nothing can change that.
We have an enviable 50 percent vote
share, and that remains intact despite
what the opinion polls may say.
The question is whether people have
faith in (TDP chief ) Chandrababu
According to me, they do not.
He may have managed to increase his
vote share a bit with this alliance, but
that has not affected us at all.
I had once said that there was no
On his campaign:
opposition in Andhra Pradesh as Naidu
supported almost everything that the
Congress did. This will go against him.
It is for you to see the love people have
for me and my party. They have seen
every wrong done to my family and me
after my father’s death.
I am touched to see how much all
these people love my father and remember him for all the work that he did. I
ensure that I interact with many people.
All of them want my father’s legacy back
and will vote for the YSR Congress Party.
I am not deterred by what some people
have to say about me and my party. The
people are with me.
Despite such scorching heat they come
out and speak to me, and this is an indicator of the love and respect that they
have for all of us.
On the allegations against him:
On the Narendra Modi wave:
These are all political in nature; I am
confident that I will come out clean. The
people will give the verdict. Many were
afraid of the growing popularity of my
party and they wanted to ensure that I
took a back seat. That did not happen.
Narendra Modi is a very popular
leader, but whether it would translate
into votes is a different issue. In
Andhra Pradesh, the issues are very different.
People are walking into a new format
with this bifurcation and all that matters
to them is development.
There are insecurities and doubts that
need to be addressed and taken care of
and that only my party can ensure.
Post poll alliances:
At the moment our focus is on fighting
the elections and winning it. The assembly segment is very important because
the people need a government, which
addresses their concerns.
I feel that only a party well versed with
the issues and the peoples’ problems at
the grass roots level can understand this.
It is very important that we sweep the
Lok Sabha segment as well.
Power is not my priority. But I will
extend support to anyone who ensures
development, as people of my state need
it the most now.
In the name
of his father
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