‘Uncertainty over the candidature for Kadiri, Penukonda and Madakasira constituencies has left the aspirants confused’
The YSR Congress, which has been considered favourite of the people since long, appears to be losing steam just ahead of the elections.
In fact, sources from the YSRC, opine that the party was losing ground to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the Assembly constituencies such as Rapthadu and Puttaparthy, which were once considered to be the bastion for the party.
In Rapthadu constituency, the YSRC is likely to face tough opposition from the TDP. The slew of promises made by the TDP such as loan waivers is expected to attract the voters. Meanwhile, the situation in Puttaparthy constituency is different. The YSRC ticket hopeful K. Mohan Reddy is learnt to be concerned about the finality of his candidature in the face of reports of the public opinion against him.
A situation of uncertainty over the candidature in constituencies like Kadiri, Penukonda and Madakasira has left the aspirants confused, eventually hurting the party's prospects in the upcoming elections. Further, with the TDP taking home the idea of playing the BC card, the YSRC seems to be losing base in the BC vote bank, which would prove crucial for the latter.
The fact that the YSRC is yet to follow up on its president’s assurance of giving Hindupur and Anantapur parliamentary tickets to Kuruba and Boya community has also meant that the BC community is increasingly looking at the TDP as an alternative.
For the time being, one group of voters that the YSRC can be sure of supporting the party are women, who seem to be enamoured by the party and its promise of bringing back the rule of Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.