The Andhra Pradesh Congress faces pressure after the win of Jagan Reddy in the Kadapa Lok Sabha polls

Ever since the helicopter death of the Congress Andhra strongman YSR, there has been a running feud between his son Jaganmohan Reddy and the rest of the Congress in Andhra. He wanted to replace his father as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and this was something that the Congress High Command did not want. There can only be one dynasty rule in the Congress, and it cannot be anybody other than the Gandhi family; further, Jaganmohan Reddy has a huge amount of money at his disposal and with political power, there would be no stopping him, he would not be controlled by the Congress high command. As a result, he was not allowed to reach anywhere near a position of power.
Next, Jagan started piling on the pressure on the Congress through a campaign, which was supposed to be a condolence yatra through the state, where he met people who felt for his father, and in some cases, met the families of those who committed suicide when YSR died. The Congress tried to prevent him from doing this campaign, and actively discouraged any legislator or MP from supporting this campaign, but eventually some of them did do this support. Further, even Sonia Gandhi tried to discourage him from going on this path, but he refused to buckle down.

Eventually matters reached a head where he left the Congress no way out (although it took a long time in coming, since the Congress did not want to force the issue) and resulted in the separation of Jaganmohan Reddy from the Congress; what seemed to be the final twist of the knife was the usage of his uncle (YSR’s brother) against him, and there were apparently bad words between them.
So, Jaganmohan Reddy threw a gauntlet at the Congress by announcing that he would contest the Kadapa Lok Sabha seat, and his mother Vijayalakshmi would contest the Pulivendula assembly seat, both of them through bypolls. These bypolls were an ego issue between these 2 major rivals (where the Congress Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy was supposed to counter the power and appeal of Jaganmohan Reddy). However, it is not an easy task, since Jaganmonhan Reddy has a lot of emotional appeal on the basis of his father’s name and his tragic demise. And, when the results of the 2 bye-election happened, they were something that the Congress dreaded, since his mother won, and Jaganmohan Reddy won the MP election with a huge margin, enough that the Congress and TDP candidates both lost their security deposit.
This is a scenario that is scaring the Congress right now, since Andhra is a state that has given the Congress a number of MP’s, critical for coming back to power in the center, and the Telangana issue is another problem that the Congress has only delayed (link to article):

Conceding that the Congress is facing a major crisis in Andhra Pradesh, party president Sonia Gandhi has directed AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad to fly down to Hyderabad and initiate a damage control exercise. Azad is scheduled to come to the state capital on Monday for a two-day visit.
According to sources, a day after the Congress was humbled in the Kadapa and Pulivendula bypolls by Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and his mother Vijayalakshmi, Sonia summoned Azad to 10, Janpath on Saturday morning and expressed her unhappiness over the state of affairs in AP. “There appears to be a crisis of leadership in the state. Hold talks with all the leaders and evolve a strategy to counter Jagan.” This is said to be the mission entrusted to Azad by Sonia, said sources.

1 comment to The Andhra Pradesh Congress faces pressure after the win of Jagan Reddy in the Kadapa Lok Sabha polls

  • I don’t think Jagan Reddy is denied leadership in AP because only Gandhi dynasty can follow dynasty rule. I would say he needs more experience. Dynasty politics is bad. No family should continue such tradition. Whether it’s Karunanidhi, Abdullah et al.

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