All parties in Telangana are hunting for allies now. With there being indications of a possible hung verdict, both the TRS and the Congress are looking for allies. Although the Congress and the TRS may end up together in case they have no other choice, for now both are in a mad rush to ensure that they form the first government in Telangana.
The Telangana Rastriya Samithi which appears to have the slight edge over its rivals in Telangana says that it is open for any alliance. Keshava Rao, TRS leader says that the idea is to form the first government without the Congress. Let us see how things shape out in the days to come and we are ready to seek or give support to parties that help us form the first government. Continue reading “Alliance shopping in Telangana”
On Wednesday, Seema-Andhra will vote for its first government in a bifurcated state and with campaigning ending by today, all eyes are on the two parties which are locked in a battle with each other- The Telugu Desam Party and the YSR Congress party. At Telangana one got to see a battle of words between leaders and it turned really ugly on several ocassions. Words such as I shall chop you, chase you skin you were used. However in Seema-Andhra it has been different and more about strategy and planning. There have however been a few instances of bad mouthing, but it was nothing compared to what one saw in Telangana.
At Vishakapatanam, the talk is not about who will win the elections, it is by how many votes will Vijayamma, the wife of Late Dr Rajasekara Reddy win the battle. Her supporters who flock her in large numbers tell us obscene figures about how many votes they think their amma would win by. Some say the margin could be as high as 3 lakh too. There is no doubt that Vijayamma has an edge in the Vishakapatanam Parliamentary Constituency and her rival is the BJP chief of AP, K Hari Babu. For the BJP in Rayalseema, Hari Babu was their sure bet as he is a well known candidate and has a great deal of influence in certain pockets. However with the name of Vijayamma being announced, it has put everyone in a spot of bother.
She has no doubt in her mind that her son will be the first Chief Minister of Seema-Andhra (Andhra Pradesh). Vijayamma the mother of Jagan Mohan Reddy and wife of Dr Y S Rajasekara Reddy has become a star campaigner from being the humble wife of a Chief Minister. One gets to see a lot of difference in Vijayamma today. After the death of her husband and arrest of her son, she was more emotive and broke down very easily while speaking about the incidents in her life. She as subtle when she said she had been wronged by Sonia Gandhi who put Rahul Gandhi’s interests ahead of everything. Today, when Vijayamma holds a mike she is a picture of confidence. She is demanding in the manner she speaks and makes the point very clear that the YSR Congress party is the only choice.
In what started off as a one sided battle in Seema-Andhra now is promising to become a fierce battle. There are only two players here the Telugu Desam Party and the YSR Congress Party and it is going to be a direct battle between them. We try and find out what the ground level situation is for these two parties and more interestingly how they are both fighting for the fallen legacy of the Congress in order to win the battle.
On the face of it would appear that the TDP has gained immensely in urban Seema-Andhra where as Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSR Congress party still has the edge in the rural areas.
There has been a major change in the manner in which the people in urban areas have started to think. In the urban belts of Seema-Andhra, the TDP has bounced back in a very big way. In the existing scenario where the building of a new capital is very important to the urban belt, they feel Chandrababu Naidu is a better choice when compared to Jagan. Many in the educated class feel that Naidu had done a good job where Hyderabad was concerned and could replicate the same in Seema-Andhra as well.
The BJP could seek the support of the YSR Congress party after the polls despite its alliance with the TDP. It would be something on the lines of Uttar Pradesh where both the SP and BSP supported the UPA, a senior leader of the BJP told rediff.com
The BJP needs a large chunk of seats from Andhra Pradesh through its allies and now with the alliance with the TDP running into troubled waters again, the BJP is keeping every option open.
Chandrababu Naidu who is spending more time sorting out the infighting within his party than campaigning even today addressed his workers through tele-conference. He told his workers that the BJP had fielded bad candidates in the Seema-Andhra assembly segment. They are not even capable of winning a ward election he said while also adding that the alliance has proven to be a mistake.
Madhu Yashki Goud has been a very busy man in the past couple of months. He played a vital role in ensuring the passage of the Telangana bill in parliament and now he gears up to defend his seat from the Nizamabad Parliamentary constituency.
Getting ready for a hectic campaign which will be against Kavita, the daughter of K Chandrasekara Rao, he says that he is certain that the Telangana sentiment will work for him. In this interaction with rediff.com, Goud says that the BJP which was looking to make some gains is down in the dumps thanks to the alliance with the Telugu Desam Party.
Even as the entire region of Seema-Andhra is speaking about the possibility of Jagan Mohan Reddy emerging as the possible winner, let us take a look at the three ladies who have stood by him rock solid. His mother Vijayamma, sister Sharmila and wife Bharathi have stood by him and today as the elections are nearing they are ensuring that no stone remains unturned and their Jagan emerges victorious. These ladies no doubt are members of one of the most powerful families in Southern India. Barring Vijayamma, the other ladies were not seen much when Y S Rajasekara Reddy was alive. However everything changed for all them one YSR passed away. It was expected that Jagan would be replaced as the Chief Minister, but when that did not happen and Jagan quit the party, the lives of these ladies gradually began to change. Vijayamma, the mother was seen most of the time with Jagan in public. Although Jagan managed the party affairs by himself, Vijayamma had to take over when he went to jail and spent over a year there.
Jagan Mohan Reddy the head of the YSR Congress Party is a busy man no doubt. Apart from road shows and campaigning for all his candidates, he also has to look into the various other aspects that govern the politics of Andhra Pradesh. The latest opinion polls which showed his popularity dipping a bit has not been a turn off for him and he along with his party men term it is as a sham. Jagan is confident of winning the highest number of seats both in the assembly and lok sabha segments and he tells rediff.com in this interaction that his party will sweep the polls.
It is 40 degrees in Andhra Pradesh and Jagan Mohan Reddy could not have asked for a better symbol for his YSR Congress Party. The ceiling fan which is the symbol of the YSR Congress party is everywhere in the state especially in the Seema-Andhra region where Jagan Mohan Reddy continues to dish out one road show after another. This is a major election for Jagan Mohan Reddy who is looking to become the first Chief Minister of Seema-Andhra. His popularity had soared to dizzying heights, but today according to opinion polls it has taken a hit, but this has not deterred Jagan who only has ensured that his campaign style has become more aggressive. He is campaigning both for the assembly and Lok Sabha segments in Andhra Pradesh. In the assembly segment, his clear opponent is Chandrababu Naidu and he spares no effort to hit out at him. Over the past couple of days Jagan has been campaigning extensively at the Srikakulam district and he does not only speak about the bifurcation issue alone. There is more to the elections and the people have made their peace with the issue and are looking for development now, Jagan’s campaign managers tell rediff.com. He makes several stop overs to interact with the people. He visits a home where he meets with a family which clearly a great deal of love and respect for his father. 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 with the family he comes out to speak with the big crowd which is waiting to speak with him. He embraces an old lady and then carries a child which all provide a great deal of amusement value for the crowds that have gathered.