Y S Jaganmohan Reddy's primary aim is to ensure that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi doesn't stand a chance in becoming the prime minister, his close followers claim.
"Becoming Andhra Pradesh chief minister is now secondary for Jagan. His prime target is Rahul Gandhi. The objective is to win considerable number of Lok Sabha seats in the state and dent Congress' aspirations of making Rahul Gandhi the prime minister," a close confidante of Jagan said.
According to sources, Jagan is hoping to rally the anti-Congress parties at the national level and emerge as a potent force so as to dictate terms to Congress.
If claims of his key aides and strategists are to be believed, Jagan has already "made some friends" notably in Bihar through his "generous contributions" during the recent assembly elections in the state.
The ex-Congress MP already has good friends in the Reddy brothers (Gali Janardhan and Karunakar) of Karnataka through whom he hopes to enlarge his circle in BJP as well.
In Andhra Pradesh, Jagan is reportedly in consultations with some key leaders of the TRS for possible support in the region in future by assuring them that he would indeed support a separate Telangana state.
"We are still working on various strategies. We shall start putting them in practice after the party is formally launched probably around Sankranti festival," another close confidante of Jagan said.