Former Minister and Tadipatri MLA, J. C. Diwakar Reddy predicted that more than half the number of seats would be lost by the YSR Congress party in the eventuality of a by-poll.
Speaking to The Hindu at Tadipatri on Tuesday, he opined that the YSR Congress had put the wrong foot forward, as it would lose more than half the number of seats, if the resignations of the 26 legislators submitted to the Assembly Speaker were accepted and a by-poll becomes an eventuality.
“The by-polls in Kadapa were held under special circumstances and the same kind of support or turnout amongst the people in all those constituencies that resigned can be expected,” he said.
He argued that the seats that were resigned for in Telangana would be among the first to be lost by the YSR Congress in the face of the Telangana sentiment, fuelled by the absence of a clear favourable stand by Jaganmohan Reddy on the Telangana issue.
“While he would lose both seats they resigned for in the Anantapur district (Anantapur urban and Rayadurgam seats), they (YSR Congress party) would not be able to retain more than one seat among the three resigned for in Kadapa district,” he predicted.
When questioned about the fortunes of the YSR Congress in the coastal districts, he argued YSR Congress and its president Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy were fast losing any base left in the coastal districts on account of serious allegations of corruption being levelled against Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy.
“Chances of a repeat of Kadapa by-polls are very bleak,” he summed up.