Hyderabad: The main focus will be on the margin of victory for both Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and his mother Vijayalaxmi in the by-elections in the Kadapa Lok Sabha and Pulivendula Assembly constituencies respectively when the counting of votes would be taken up on Friday.
Since it is a foregone conclusion about an imminent victory for the YSR Congress, all attention and interest is now focused on the majority with which the newly floated political party would trounce the Congress and Telugu Desam, the two major opponents, in the poll battle.
The YSR Congress candidate, Mr Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, is locked in a battle with the Congress nominee and Health Minister D. L. Ravindra Reddy and the Telugu Desam candidate and Rajya Sabha member M. V. Mysoora Reddy in Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency.
In the Pulivendula Assembly constituency, which is one among the seven segments of Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency, the late chief minister’s wife, Ms Vijayalaxmi, is fighting a prestigious battle as YSR Congress nominee against her late husband’s brother Y. S. Vivekandna Reddy. The TDP has fielded an entrepreneur B.Tech Ravi.
The ruling Congress has bigger stakes than any other party in the by-elections as its very survival and political future in the State hinges on the outcome of the by-poll and thus it has become a do-or-die battle for it. Moreover, the prestige of the AICC president Sonia Gandhi is also at stake because Mr Jagan repeatedly threw a challenge that it was a battle between “Kadapa self-respect” and “Delhi arrogance”.
Thus not to leave anything to chance, as many as 15 ministers had virtually camped in the district to campaign on behalf of their colleagues and Congress nominees D. L. Ravindra Reddy and Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy. True to the adage all is fair in love and war, both the Congress and the TDP have made “corruption” their poll plank and vied with each other to target Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy. In the no-holds-barred campaign, both the parties indulged in washing dirty linen day in and day out.
On the other hand, Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy in his campaign tried to take pot shots at the ruling Congress for neglecting the welfare schemes launched by his late father YSR. His mother Vijayalaxmi concentrated on door-to-door campaigning along with her daughter and daughter-in-law.
The rhetoric Jagan bashing by the Congress leaders only helped to further incense the prevailing sentiment factor in favour of the YSR Congress. The high percentage of polling and the unprecedented turnout of women voters amply gave an indication that the wind was blowing in favour of YSR Congress. Therefore, all attention is now on the margin of victory for Jagan and his mother. (NSS)