YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy had completed his padayatra in the capigal region. He had entered the Vijayawada city yesterday and is leaving the city by Sunday noon. Though he had spent at least three to four days in every Assembly constituency so far, he had just wrapped up his walk in the three Assembly segments in Vijayawada in just one day.
In Guntur district, it was expected that he would cover the capital villages during his walk. But, he avoided visiting those villages except Undavalli and Penumaka which are dominated by the Reddys in numbers and are the strong holds of the YSR Congress. He was expected to make his stand clear on the capital Amaravati, as it is widely campaigned that Jagan Mohan Reddy, if voted to power, would shift the capital from Amaravati to Donakonda. There are fears on this. It is not just Krishna and Guntur which are sentimentally connected to Amaravati. The people of the two Godavari districts are also emotionally connected to it. Though they don’t approve of the corruption involved in it, they don’t want any government to go back from Amaravati. They want Amaravati to be freed from one dominant community while continuing it as the capital. But, he did not visit these villages and did not talk about his plans on Amaravati. He left the issue untouched giving strength to the critics to spread the news that he would be disturbing the capital in Amaravati.
The second point he was expected to make clear while in Vijayawada was to talk about the injustice done to the State by Narendra Modi and Chandrababu Naidu. Till reaching Vijayawada, Jagan Mohan Reddy was addressing only the rural voters who go by emotions. But, in Vijayawada, the voters are wise and it is the political capital of Andhra Pradesh, even before bifurcation. Jagan Mohan Reddy was expected to make his mind clear on beating both Naidu and Modi equally. But, he was silent on Narendra Modi. He was also silent on the special category status demand. He limited himself to speak about Chandrababu Naidu’s corruption, which he had been talking all along. It is a welcome statement for the rural voter but not so with the urban voter, who knows some facts.
His walk in Vijayawada was a good chance for him to be a matured politician taking on both Chandrababu Naidu and Narendra Modi at equal length and declaring both as enemies for the State. But, he failed in this which is strategically not good for his political fortunes.
His failure to visit the capital villages, his silence on Amaravati (except the corruption involved in it) and his silence on Narendra Modi are seen as his strategic failures to have some better image and experience than Chandrababu Naidu and to continue the development of the State. Not taking into consideration of the views of the people in Krishna, Guntur and the two Godavari districts will not make anyone successful in politics. Jagan missed it leaving a wide space for Chandrababu Naidu to occupy it.
Chandrababu Naidu would now brand Jagan Mohan Reddy as an agent of Modi and would scare people about Amaravati being disturbed or shifted. These two statements would seal the fate of Jagan Mohan Reddy and provide cushion for Chandrababu Naidu. Interestingly, Chandrababu Naidu had already called Jagan as Junior Modi and that would mean a lot in politics.