YSR Congress may con­test 25 to 30 seats in T’gana as­sem­bly polls

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HY­DER­ABAD: The YSR Congress is mulling con­test­ing in 25 to 30 seats in the en­su­ing Te­lan­gana as­sem­bly elec­tions, a se­nior party leader said on Thurs­day.

He also said the party may not have any pre-poll al­liance with other par­ties.

The Te­lan­gana unit of the party was pre­par­ing a “ground re­port” and it would be sub­mit­ted to party chief YS Ja­gan Mo­han Reddy, who is cur­rently on marathon foot march in Andhra Pradesh cov­er­ing over 3000 km.

“The party cadre are in­sist­ing that we should con­test in the polls. Oth­er­wise it sends wrong sig­nals. We have con­sid­er­able vote share in cer­tain pock­ets of Te­lan­gana.

We are in the process of chalk­ing out a strat­egy to be adopted in the polls. We have good num­ber of vot­ers in about 25 to 30 con­stituen­cies. We may con­test in those seats,” the YSRC leader said. The three MLAS and the lone Lok Sabha MP of the party in Te­lan­gana switched their loy­al­ties to the rul­ing TRS leav­ing it with no rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the State leg­is­la­ture and also in Lok Sabha.

Many lead­ers of YSRC joined other par­ties af­ter Te­lan­gana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.

Its top lead­er­ship also started fo­cus­ing on Andhra Pradesh, where it is the main op­po­si­tion party though many leg­is­la­tors de­fected to rul­ing Tel­ugu De­sam Party on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions.

The party func­tionary also claimed that YSRC still has good num­ber of fol­low­ers in Kham­mam, Hy­der­abad, Ranga Reddy and parts of old Nal­go­nda dis­tricts.

“The Congress both in Andhra Pradesh and Te­lan­gana still claims credit for some of the flag­ship schemes im­ple­mented by (Ja­gan's fa­ther and former Chief Min­is­ter) YS Ra­jasekher Reddy be­fore the bi­fur­ca­tion of the State.

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