Cong wants local polls to counter YSR Cong

News pulse, Politics | admin | December 13, 2011 at 5:13 am


The Congress is expecting to corner its breakaway group, the YSR Congress led by YS Jaganmohan Reddy, by conducting elections to the civic bodies and local governments. The tenure of local governments and civic bodies has ended almost two years ago across the State.

With these elections, the ruling party believes will benefit not one but two advantages. Explaining the twin advantages, an APCC senior functionary told Postnoon that this would force the Jagan’s group to contest as independents and they might not get a uniform symbol across the State.

Apart from this, Jagan would be ‘constrained to pronounce’ his party’s stand on a separate Telangana, which would corner him. If he supports the Telangana cause, his perceived support base in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema will erode. If he opposes it, he may not even be able to enter the Telangana region. This would weaken the formation of Jagan to contest the by-elections that would arise due to the ‘disqualification’ of the MLAs owing allegiance to Jagan.

What’s more? The ruling party would then enjoy the support from more people — for they would elect representatives of the ruling party at the civic bodies and local governments for obvious reasons.

APCC President Botsa Satyanarayana, who ought to have left for Delhi on Saturday evening, cancelled that programme and had confabulations with the chief minister instead. Though on paper it is projected that they met to decide on the strategy to seek disqualification of four ‘impudent’ Congress members of the State Legislative Council, the agenda is said to delve much deeper.

The Congress high command had almost decided to bid adieu to the 16 rebel Congress legislators by seeking their disqualification. It made sure that the entire media discussed the issue of disqualification of MLAs. But none came around and gave in to the party leadership. In fact, the Congress Legislature Party should have met tomorrow to do the formalities. But now, the fate of the 16 MLAs sailing with Jagan will be decided only after the return of Botsa from New Delhi.

The Congress is also keen on conducting the local body elections, as the TDP’s support base was severely affected in the Telangana region and the natural advantage of the ruling party would cast its shadow on the prospects of the main opposition.

Meanwhile, MLC Jupudi Prabhakar Rao, owning up loyalty to the YSR Congress, said that the ruling party could not initiate any action against the four MLCs, as legal issues would come in the way. The election process undergone and who was elected from which constituency would have to be examined by the Chairman of the Council, he said.

A senior TDP leader, however, said that their party was not a trifle worried about the elections and they were geared up to meet the challenge. Meanwhile, minister Erasu Pratap Reddy said that the Congress would ensure the victory of its candidates even in the by-elections to the Assembly, after the legislators were disqualified.

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