YSR Congress chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had been fighting battle ever since he launched his new outfit separated from the Congress. It was first with the mighty Congress he fought and won the battle. He had the sympathy wave for him following his father, Y S Rajasekhar Reddy’s death and people rallied around him. The sympathy was added to him after he was victimised by the Congress by framing him in the CBI cases following a letter written by Congress MLA Sankara Rao.
Having lost father and betrayed by the Congress leadership, Jagan Mohan Reddy became a hero for the people. His battle against the Congress was successful and he could crush the century old Congress in the State. It would take at least one more election period for the Congress to begin winning the elections in the State. That much damage he could do to the age old party in the State.
Now, for the past four years, he had been fighting against the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and its chief Chandrababu Naidu. Unlike the Congress and Sonia Gandhi, fighting with TDP and Chandrababu Naidu is very difficult and it is proved too. A shrewd politician Chandrababu Naidu is a tough nut for any leader and being young, Jagan Mohan Reddy finds it tough to challenge and win. It was proved in Nandyal that battle with Chandrababu Naidu is not easy. That would require two fold strategy – mind game politics and money-made elections.
Chandrababu Naidu plays mind game with his rivals and wins. In every move he stays in the closed room and hits at the enemy standing in the open. He is good at this mind game and he makes people believe that he is always right and winning too.
After almost 40 years of such successful career, Chandrababu Naidu finds an equally able rival in Vijayasai Reddy. The YSR Congress MP from Rajya Sabha has been hitting Chandrababu Naidu with the same coin which the TDP chief is unable to counter. In just two years, Vijayasai Reddy proved that he could also play the mind game against the rivals and he had played it successfully in breaking the BJP-TDP alliance and isolating Chandrababu Naidu from Narendra Modi. It was all the mind game that the YSR Congress leader had played in the last two years and it was successful too.
Now, Jagan needs another strategist, who can galvanize party voters,sympathizers, neutral voters and take them to the polling booth on the day of election. This is very important, In 2014, Jagan and his party cadre completely failed on this. Holding successful election meetings and rallies are not sufficient to win the election, focusing on the election till the last vote is counted is very important.
He needed an electoral strategist for him before going for the next elections. While Vijayasai Reddy is playing the mind game successfully, the YSR Congress needs another leader who can counter Chandrababu Naidu at the polling booths and counting centers. Only then, Jagan Mohan Reddy can win the election fulfilling his dream.
Is there an electoral strategist for YSR Congress now? Well, Jagan should find one, who could match Chandrababu Naidu’s electoral politics.