Hyderabad: The Minister for Major Irrigation, Mr P Sudarshan Reddy, on Friday felt that Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and his mother, Ms Vijayamma, received huge majorities in the by-elections due to late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s popularity in Kadapa district.
Reacting to the by-election results in his chamber in the Secretariat, Mr Sudarshan Reddy said that late YSR had done a lot for development of the State and welfare of the people during his tenure. Unfortunately, the Congress party has lost the popular leader and the by-elections were necessitated to Kadapa Lok Sabha and Pulivendula Assembly constituencies due to resignation of Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and Ms Vijayamma to their posts. Though Mr Jagan was not in the Congress party, the people recognized the services of late YSR and cast their votes to the son of the late leader. It was normal that sympathy works in the by-elections after death of such a big leader, he felt.
Talking to the media separately, the Minister for Social Welfare, Mr Pitani Satyanarayana, felt that the sympathy wave brought huge majority to Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy in the by-elections. He opined that the sympathy would not be strong as in Kadapa throughout the State. In Kadapa, YSR was synonymous for Congress. Earlier, there were YSR and anti-YSR groups in the Congress party, particularly in Kadapa district. But now, the YSR group left the Congress party. Steps would be taken to restructure and strengthen the Congress in the State.
On the defeat of Congress candidates in the by-elections, the Minister said that the defeat and victory were common in the elections. The Congress participated in the democratic practice of elections in Kadapa. The ministers as Congress workers carried out their responsibilities to bring victory to the Congress candidates, he added. (NSS)