Such was the confidence Jaganmohan Reddy exuded on completion of the Seemandhra polls on May 7 that it made some TDP supporters worry about Chandrababu Naidu’s chances of leading Seemandhra about to be a state from June 2.
“It would be a wave in favour of the YSR Congress,” Jagan had declared in Pulivendula, his hometown and his assembly constituency.
The Friday results showed that the Jagan wave was concentrated in his family bastion Pulivendula which he won by a majority of about 75,000 votes and the YSR Kadapa district, named after his father, where his party won nine out of 10 assembly and the two LS seats.
On Friday, addressing reporters, Jagan said that he would make a comeback in five years. “We started as one MP and a MLA … now we are 10 MPs and 70 MLAs. We would recover from this defeat and we would further strengthen ourselves.”
But how these five years would treat him is the biggest concern for Jagan.
Now, with the Modi-led BJP win, party leaders look dejected. “Naidu (a BJP ally) would try every rule in the book to decimate Jagan,” said a leader who is elected to the Lok Sabha