Kadapa bypolls: Congress got its basic wrongs
The ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh appears to have got entangled in its own web in Kadapa in its attempt to stifle Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in the by-election to the Lok Sabha seat.india Updated: May 13, 2011 15:42 IST
The ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh appears to have got entangled in its own web in Kadapa in its attempt to stifle Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in the by-election to the Lok Sabha seat.
Political observers were of the view that the Congress got all its basics wrong starting from the choice of candidate to take on Jagan, who was riding a sympathy wave after the death of his father and Chief Minister Y S R Reddy in a chopper crash in 2009.
More than a dozen state ministers, a couple of Union ministers, a good number of MLAs, a 'star' campaigner in the form of megastar Chiranjeevi and a former Chief Minister were there in Kadapa in attacking 38-year-old Jagan for whom it was a fight with none other than Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
If anything, the multi-pronged attack only proved counter-productive and, in fact, grossly boomeranged.
The Kadapa result was a resounding triumph for Jagan in more ways than one.He proved that brand YSR was mightier than the Congress, at least in Kadapa.
Congress sought to project Jagan as a power-hungry young man who couldn't think beyond becoming the Chief Minister.
Quite paradoxically, the Congress invoked the same Rajasekhara Reddy as the messiah of masses and desperately tried to seek votes in his name.
Nothing, however, cut ice with the electorate of Kadapa which re-affirmed its faith in the Rajasekhara Reddy family.
YSR's younger brother Vivekananda Reddy failed to win the same trust in Pulivendula as he was rather seen as a "betrayer" of the family.
The voters' sympathy in Pulivendula was clearly in favour of YSR's widow Vijayalakshmi.
The thumping win of Vijayamma, as she is popularly known, in Pulivendula is seen as a blow to the Congress that left her family "humiliated" after the death of her husband YSR.