YSR Congress has claimed that it won the maximum number of panchayats in the first phase of Panchayat polls in spite of the money and muscle power of both the Congress and Telugu Desam Party.

Terming it as a remarkable show by a two-year-old party, senior YSRC leader, M.V. Mysura Reddy said the Congress and TDP could not match strides with his party which raced ahead and the same trend would continue in the next phases as well. The results have shown the real strength of YSR C at the local level, he added. He ridiculed the claim of TDP that it had swept the polls and accused TDP leader N. Chandrababu Naidu of having destroyed the Panchayat Raj structure. He always wanted officials to dictate terms to elected representatives and brought in nodal officers era which badly affected public administration in rural areas. Mr. Reddy said former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy had always championed strengthening of the Panchayat Raj system.