Hyderabad:The State Congress is leaving no stone unturned to defeat the newly floated political party of Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the YSR Congress, in the present by-elections for Kadapa Lok Sabha and Pulivendula Assembly constituencies, scheduled for May 8. Though the by-elections will witness a triangular contest between the Congress, TDP and the YSR Congress, there is no denial of the fact that the main fight will be between the Congress and the YSR Congress. The count down for the battle royal will commence after the last date of withdrawal of nominations on Thursday.
The by-elections has attracted nation-wide attention and attained an unprecedented political significance as it will be a do or die battle for the Congress since a victory for the YSR Congress will sound the death knell for the national party in the state. Similarly, if Jagan Congress was defeated, then it would be an end to Mr Jagan and company. No wonder political circles are comparing the by-elections to the fabled “David and Goliath” battle. The State Congress is well aware of the fact that it would be a Herculean task to take on both Jagan and Vijaylakshmi , the son and wife of late Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy who had nurtured and developed the two constituencies as his impregnable fortress during his regime. As a mass leader, YSR had secured a special place in the minds and hearts of the people in the district. Obviously after his sudden and tragic demise, the sympathy factor is bound to incense the support for Jagan and Vijayalakshmi in the by-elections.
Against this background, the State Congress, true to the age-old adage “all is fair in love and war”, is using all the tricks under its hat to checkmate the surging Jagan juggernaut in the by-elections. Firstly after burning midnight oil for many days in the selection of its nominees, the Congress decided to field two ministers – D. L. Ravindra Reddy and Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy to take on Jagan and Vijaylakshmi respectively in Kadapa and Pulivendula.
Interestingly Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy who proclaimed his unstinted ‘Laxmana’ loyalty to his elder brother late YSR did not hesitate to cross swords with his sister-in-law in the poll battle in Pulivendula.
After having decided its nominees, the State Congress tried to cash in on the Election Commission rejecting a common symbol to the YSR Congress nominees and unabashedly tried to confuse the electorate in the two constituencies by ensuring that a large number of dummies with names of Jagan and Vijaylaxmi filed their nominations. As a result, as many as 11 candidates with the Jagan name and 6 candidates with Vijayalaxmi name are in the field for Kadapa and Pulivendula constituencies.