Hyderabad, Feb.14 : The former Kadapa MP, Mr Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, gearing up all resources to launch his political party on a grand scale on March 7 and preparing his outfit to enter the prestigious electoral battle in the ensuing by-elections for Kadapa Lok Sabha and Pulivendula Assembly constituencies.
Since the by-elections are scheduled to take place sometime during April or May, the son of late chief minister YSR seems to be anxious to float his party much in advance and prepare his outfit to face the challenges from his political opponents in the warm-up (by-elections) match.
As a matter of fact, the ensuing by-elections would be a litmus test for Mr Jagan to gauge his political strength and support of the masses in his own home district. In fact, the by-elections would prove how far Mr Jagan would be able to convert the massive crowds, which thronged his Odarpu Yatras and Deekshas, into votes to showcase his mass base.
It might be recalled here that Mr Jagan has already indicated that he would seek re-election from Kadapa Lok Sabha Constituency which he had won on the Congress ticket and quit from the party as well as his seat after crossing swords with the Congress High Command. His mother, Ms Vijayalaxmi, was unanimously elected from Pulivendula Assembly constituency after the seat fell vacant following her husband’s sudden and tragic demise in a helicopter crash. She followed the footsteps of her son by resigning from the seat and also from the Congress party and getting ready to re-contest from Pulivendula as a nominee of her son’s party.
The Congress, after having been rattled by the Jagan factor, has maneuvered to rope in actor-turned politician Mr K. Chiranjeevi and struck a deal with him for the merger his Praja Rajyam party with it. Now the Congress leadership is also working out steps to formally merge the two parties before the by-elections. The ruling party also is on a vigorous hunt to field strong nominees for the two seats to take on Mr Jagan on his own home turf.
Speculations are rife that late YSR’s brother, Mr Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy, who joined the Kiran Kumar Reddy Cabinet as Agriculture Minister, is mooting the idea of pitting his son-in-law against Mr Jagan from Kadapa and himself contest against his sister-in-law, Ms Vijayalaxmi. The Minister for Family Welfare, Dr D. L. Ravindra Reddy, who was a close confidant of late YSR earlier, too expressed his willingness to contest from Pulivendula to take cudgels against Mr Jagan and his family.
While the Congress has kept its options open in the selection of its nominees, speculations began about Mr Chiranjeevi after having joined hands with the Congress, is also toying with the idea of proposing the name of his younger brother and film actor Pavan Kalyan in order to give a tough fight to Mr Jagan with a glamour quotient. Even the Telugu Desam is silently working to select suitable nominees to be fielded in the by-elections though the poll battle would be mainly between the Congress and Mr Jagan.
Thus with the battle lines being drawn for the by-elections, the Jagan camp is understood to be going all out to announce the launching of the party from Idupulapaya at a massive rally. The organizers are planning to mobilize lakhs of people from Kadapa and surrounding districts. Hundreds of huge cut-outs of late YSR and various developmental programmes launched by the late chief minister are being readied. The cut-outs and stage decorations are understood to have been entrusted to famous and popular art designer belonging to the Tamil film fraternity. (NSS)