Andhra Pradesh’s main opposition YSRC may contest elections in Telangana

Y S Jagan reddy

The Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress (YSRC) is considering contesting upcoming assembly elections in Telangana. A senior party leader on Thursday has said that the party may contest on 25 to 30 seats. He also dismissed any pre-poll alliance with other parties.

The party chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will go through a “ground report” prepared by the party. He is currently on marathon foot march in Andhra Pradesh covering over 3000 km.

The YSRC leader was quoted by PTI as saying, “The party cadre is insisting that we should contest the polls. Otherwise, it sends wrong signals. We have considerable vote share in certain pockets of Telangana. We are in the process of chalking out a strategy to be adopted in the polls. We have a good number of voters in about 25 to 30 constituencies. We may contest in those seats”.

The three MLAs and the only Lok Sabha MP which represented the party left it and joined ruling TRS leaving it with no representation in the State legislature and also in Lok Sabha. After Telangana was formed, many leaders of YSRC joined other parties.

The party itself started focusing on Andhra Pradesh, where it is the main opposition party. The party officials also claimed that YSRC still has a good number of followers in Khammam, Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy and parts of old Nalgonda districts.

The Congress both in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana still claims credit for some of the flagship schemes implemented by Jagan’s father and former Chief Minister, YS Rajasekher Reddy before the division of the State. “The people in Telangana still laud those schemes,” he said.

Telangana YSRC President Gattu Srikanth Reddy said, “We are waiting for our leader Jagan Mohan Reddy’s instruction on the polls. Everything will be disclosed after Dussehra”.

According to the sources, The party had secured about 6.5 lakh votes in Assembly polls and 8.5 lakh votes during the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. The Election Commission (EC) had on October 6 announced the election schedule for five states, including Telangana, which would go to the polls on December 7.

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