YSR Congress Party, led by Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, can win at least 15 of the 18 seats in the ensuing by-elections, according to the party's top leader in north Andhra, former Minister Konathala Ramakrishna.
“We may have some tough fight in Anantapur district but elsewhere we expect easy passage,” he told The Hindu on Saturday.
On reports of candidates having been rendered weak due to failure to keep in touch constantly with the people who voted for their success in the 2009 elections, Mr. Ramakrishna said that the name of Jagan was like a mantra which the people chanted and were attracted by the young leader wherever he went, notwithstanding the adverse publicity in the media. This would certainly make up for everything, and the strength of the individual candidates in such a case might not really matter, he felt, adding that the party was particularly strong in north Andhra where the late YSR had tremendous following.
Also, the poll managers would take care of every aspect during the campaign as they are entrusted with the responsibility of successful return of the party candidates, he pointed out. “We have the people's sympathy and support. We may not encounter any problem even where the Congress party and the Telugu Desam joined hands as is the case in some areas,” he remarked. Retention of the seats in the by-elections would go a long way for the party's success in the general elections, he added.